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          UPDATE 1-China's HNA lists property assets worth $11 bln for sale - documents      Cache   Translate Page      
*Assets listed include 850 Third Avenue in New York. HONG KONG, Oct 9- Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has put up for sale property assets worth at least $11 billion, according to documents seen by Reuters, accelerating a push to cut its large debt and restructure. Since January, HNA has sold or agreed to sell over $20 billion worth of assets, including real estate in...
          China's HNA lists property assets worth $11 bln for sale - documents      Cache   Translate Page      
*Assets listed include 850 Third Avenue in New York. HONG KONG, Oct 9- Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has put up for sale property assets worth at least $11 billion, according to documents seen by Reuters, accelerating a push to cut its large debt and restructure. Since January, HNA has sold or agreed to sell over $20 billion worth of assets, including real estate in...
          Where To Stay In The World’s Most Expensive Cities      Cache   Translate Page      

A haute guide on how to travel to the world's most expensive cities and where to stay, including the Peninsula Paris, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and more.

The post Where To Stay In The World’s Most Expensive Cities appeared first on Haute Living.


          Hong Kong leader refuses to explain visa denial for Financial Times journalist      Cache   Translate Page      
Hong Kong’s leader Tuesday refused to say why the city had denied a visa to a leading Financial Times journalist, despite escalating demands for an ...
          Chinese stocks rebound from worst performance in four months as PetroChina, energy producers surge      Cache   Translate Page      
Chinese stocks rebounded on Tuesday from their biggest decline in four months, as PetroChina and other energy producers gained on strong crude oil prices. The Shanghai Composite Index rose by 0.2 per cent at the close. On Monday, it had tumbled by 3.7 per cent to catch up with losses in regional markets, as trading resumed after a weeklong holiday. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index fell for a sixth straight day on Tuesday. Buying on mainland bourses, however, remained subdued. The daily...
          Financial watchdog SFC vows to stamp out ‘fake’ stockbroker trading accounts      Cache   Translate Page      
Hong Kong’s securities watchdog has promised to clamp down on any stockbroker found to have opened what it called “fake” accounts in an effort to hide any misconduct. Securities Futures and Commission (SFC) deputy chief executive Julia Leung Fung-yee said the regulatory body has discovered the “worrying trend” of some brokers helping clients to use such accounts to allow third parties to be nominated to act on behalf of companies. “Recent inspections...
          Shortage of land in Hong Kong? Not if what there is already were utilised smartly      Cache   Translate Page      
Earlier this year, the government’s Task Force on Land Supply put forward 18 proposed short to long term land supply possibilities together with several conceptual options for public discussion and comment, with responses due on September 26. In my view, none of the 18 proposals deliver what most Hong Kong residents would consider to be “short term” solutions, as they are looking for positive change within the next 12 -24 months (albeit this expectation may not be realistic...
          New houses on Hong Kong’s The Peak could fetch nine times the value of Buckingham Place      Cache   Translate Page      
Homebuyers might have to pay as much as nine times the value of Buckingham Palace, on a per square foot basis, for a house on Mansfield Road, in Hong Kong’s affluent The Peak district, according to an industry observer. A government land parcel on The Peak could be about to set a new price benchmark for the city “Almost all the most expensive homes in the world can be bought for a relative pittance – on a per square foot basis – compared with this,” said Carrie Law...
          Inside Rammellzee's "A Roll of the Dice" Exhibition in London      Cache   Translate Page      

First announced back in August, the late Rammellzee is currently the subject of an exhibition at London's Lazinc gallery, dubbed "RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: A Roll of the Dice." Inside, viewers are treated to a first-hand glimpse at some key pieces from the inscrutable artist's estate. Known for creating a wide variety of graffiti, performance art, sculptures and music, Rammellzee's stylistic touchstones range from Afrofuturism to the self-coined school of Ikonoklast Panzerism, a refusal to pander to the conventional restraints of the alphabet. What's on display in the exhibition is a variety of collaged artwork, seemingly straining to break free of the frames. Recalling DuChamp's readymades, Rammellzee's creations often fused together junk found on the street, here yielding a wristwatch encrusted in fake jewels and newspapers in place of traditional canvases. Take a look at the exhibition above and below. Elsewhere, we once again sat down with Takashi Murakami as he arrived in Hong Kong.   View this post on Instagram   Come and visit RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: A Roll of Dice this weekend! The exhibition includes over 25 distinctive pieces! To give you a taste, we've fit them all in here in under ten seconds - for a closer look come by Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 6pm, until 10th November A post shared by Lazinc (@lazinc) on Oct 5, 2018 at 11:03am PDT   View this post on Instagram   Rammellzee experimented with various careers including dentistry, oil rigging and jewellery design before beginning his artistic career. Many of the materials he uses in his work, like resin, are sourced from these experiences | Rammellzee: A Roll of Dice, open Tuesday-Saturday, 6-8pm A post shared by Lazinc (@lazinc) on Oct 6, 2018 at 4:33am PDT   View this post on Instagram   "I used to be involved in graffiti when I was younger and first found Rammellzee from his appearance in Wild Style as well as the book Getting Up, both very iconic for anyone interested in the scene. It's great to see a lot of his works together in one place, especially seeing his progression from marker tagging to resin pieces" | Come and see Rammellzee: A Roll of Dice to see some iconic works from the 1980s to the late 2000s, we can't wait to hear what you think... Lazinc is open today until 4:30pm A post shared by Lazinc (@lazinc) on Oct 9, 2018 at 5:19am PDT

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          Our Predictions For Best Chronograph At The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève: Our Panel Is Not Unanimous But A Clear Favorite Emerges      Cache   Translate Page      

The 6 pre-selected timepieces for the 2018 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève Chronograph category are: Czapek L’Heure Bleue, Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph, Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 100, Singer Reimagined Singer Track 1 Hong Kong Edition, TAG Heuer Monaco Bamford, and Zenith Defy El Primero 21. We've selected our favorites here; which one do you like best?

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          Top seed Svitolina advances to 2nd round at Hong Kong – Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington PostHONG KONG — Top-seeded Elina Svitolina kept alive her chances of reaching the WTA Finals in Singapore by beating Australian wild card Priscilla Hon 6-2, 6-3 at the Hong Kong Open on Tuesday. Fourth-seeded Garbine Muguruza gave herself a belated … …read more Source:: Hong Kong News By Google News
          American DJ David Morales arrested at Fukuoka Airport for allegedly having ecstasy in carry-on bag      Cache   Translate Page      
American DJ David Morales was arrested Sunday at Fukuoka Airport on suspicion of smuggling drugs from Hong Kong, local police said. (Japan Times)
          3 Things the Church Must Do to Survive in This Culture      Cache   Translate Page      

In November, I will celebrate 50 years of being given the joy and privilege of ministering. It is and always will be the best thing that God could ever have called me to do with my life.

Over the years I've witnessed incredible miracles and walked through challenging wilderness seasons. These mountaintop and valley seasons have taught me a great deal about myself, my God and His kingdom, and they have caused me to grow and stretch in ways I never could have foreseen at the outset of my ministry career. As I look back, it's clear that my most significant lessons could be summed up in these six words of advice:

1. Be bold.

2. Be broken.

3. Be bright.

While studying the life of David and his desire for the presence of God in his life and in the lives of His people, I realized that throughout every battle and conflict, you can find the evidence of boldness, brokenness and brightness in him. These characteristics in David are what I believe made him a man after God's own heart, and they are why God was able to use him to impact the world around him, including his government. They are what will allow you and me to make an impact on our churches, our communities and our nation too.

As I was watching the Senate hearing in Washington this week, my heart was broken for where we are as a country. We are broken, divided and hostile toward each other. The enemy is saying the church is bigoted, racist, and condescending and that we doubt the Word of God. The devil wants people to believe the church is a thing of the past, so he whispers lies that cause people to question why we would pay attention to something written thousands of years ago. As for believers, even among our ranks there is little evidence of brokenness before the living, mighty, and holy God. There are very few who are willing to humble themselves and repent, or embrace God's love. Each side is flush with boldness but woefully lacking in the other two characteristics that made David so successful.

I am not at all saying the church should step back, stifling its voice in an attempt to find this balance. On the contrary. We cannot take responsibility for the actions and reactions of those with whom we are at odds, but we have a mandate to serve God obediently—and that service requires our boldness and brokenness before Him, even if it makes us uncomfortable.

Although most people who know me today wouldn't easily believe it, I was painfully shy as a child. Because of that shyness, when I was called upon to do bold things, I would cry. But here's the thing: Crying never stopped me. Even when I felt embarrassed of the spotlight or longed to disappear into the background, I knew I couldn't walk away from what I had been called to do, even if stepping out and being boldly obedient would bring painful tears that might make me the subject of ridicule. Before long I realized an important lesson, one I want you to consider today: Through my tears came the greatest breakthroughs of my life.

When our boldness comes out of brokenness before our God, the light of His presence breaks through, allowing the lost world around us to see the brightness of His glory.

The world wants to see Jesus, and right now they are more ready for Him than the church is ready for the world. But God is bringing balance to this area. I believe God is breaking the times of leanness of Spirit, and we get to witness it firsthand. He is clearing the air of a lot of junk in America. Don't be surprised but rather rejoice when you hear of outpourings of the Holy Spirit. God is birthing Holy Spirit boldness in the church, but it will only come out brokenness and humility. Watch, see, and move by faith as He releases the brightness of His glory.

The church in our nation must step up and show the world who God truly is and what the power of His love can do in our broken world. We must show them who we really are—bold, broken and bright with the love and light of Christ, the morning star.

Here's another way to put it: "You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:16, MSG). {eoa}

Mikel French has challenged spiritual awakening all across America, where many celebrations extended into multiple weeks, and has conducted celebrations in France, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Haiti, Japan, Singapore, India and Thailand. He conducted an outreach celebration in Manila, Philippines, reaching 200,000 teenagers with the Book of Hope. Through the generous support of partners, he has presented the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the nation of Russia through televised citywide soul-winning celebrations. Mikel considers it an honor to assist in conducting the annual pastor's conference, where thousands of pastors from Russia's 11 time zones come for training, teaching and equipping. Mikel and his wife, Marsha, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


          Sport: Siaka century guides PNG Barramundis to big win      Cache   Translate Page      
Papua New Guinea drew first blood in their one day cricket series against Hong Kong as a record-breaking century from Lega Siaka laid the platform for a comfortable 76 run victory.
          China and HK Express: Top local primary school in hot water - 【中港快讯】沙田着名小学被指有人挪用公款      Cache   Translate Page      

In Hong Kong, a top local primary school was accused misappropriate overseas trips funds. Renee Cheung reports.

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香港沙田一所着名小学被指有人挪用学生交付海游学费用。本台香港通讯员张慕澄报导。


          TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS: FANCY by Jim Dreams x Unbox Industries to join the CHUNK Family!      Cache   Translate Page      
Hong Kong's Jim Chan prepares to introduce a new member to his "CHUNK"-family - which has since seen ALL BOY-releases as soft vinyl collectibles from Unbox Industries - wave HELLO to "FANCY"! Stay tuned for further updates and availability info for this plus-sized beauty ...

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          With the CBAC, East Meets West in Search of Adoption and Innovation      Cache   Translate Page      
CBAC

The noise that surrounds economic relations between the United States and China is amping up exponentially. You can thank the latest trade wars for that, as fresh tensions boil over between the two nations who are currently trading new tariffs on imports, with no shortage of ill will underpinning the moves.

But the Chinese government’s ire is not just outward-facing. As a country where ICOs are currently not allowed, exchanges have had their bank accounts frozen, and internet and mobile access to cryptocurrency trading information has been banned, China is taking an equally hard line on a wide range of crypto-centric activities within its own borders. All this despite a stark dichotomy, wherein over 50 percent of the worldwide mining population resided within its borders in 2017, and cryptocurrency adoption is outpacing most other countries.

While trade war bullets may be flying thick and fast between these two mega-economies, the key to a better Chinese blockchain sector just may be unlocked by deploying cooperative forces in the United States, as seen by the recent launch of a New York City office for the China Blockchain Application Center (CBAC). The CBAC NY was founded with the hope of paving the way for rapid blockchain adoption in China, in part by picking up regulatory best practices from the United States, all while fostering blockchain and crypto collaboration between the two nations.

An early-stage, non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2015, the CBAC collaborates with regulatory bodies to develop comprehensive regulations, encourage the application of blockchain technology in traditional industries, and connect Chinese practitioners with peers around the world. By helping to develop increased regulations, blockchain industry applications and international connections, members of the CBAC are hoping to elevate blockchain’s role in China’s $12 trillion economy.

Crypto Challenges in China

One of the speakers at a well-attended August launch party in NYC’s financial district was Stewie Zhu, founder and CEO of the distributed banking public blockchain Distributed Credit Chain (DCC), and a standing committee member of the CBAC. While ICO scams and other bad actors have significantly hindered progress in his home country, Zhu sees plenty of near-term potential for crypto and blockchain technology there.

“While China has prohibited the sale of new cryptocurrencies through ICOs since early last September, there is still a big appetite for the application of blockchain technology,” Zhu told Bitcoin Magazine. “In fact, a [recent] Chinese Supreme Court ruling has stated that blockchain technology can be used to authenticate evidence in legal contexts. The trading of cryptocurrencies is possible, but the government is trying to create financial stability to minimize any illegal activity. The Chinese government is eager to make considerable strides on the technology front, and while stringent, they are trying to ensure that cryptocurrency trading is done responsibly.

“There are challenges behind blockchain technology as it relates to banking,” Zhu continued, “because it requires a reconstruction of long-standing relationships in the current market, as well as time for citizens to understand the mechanisms behind using blockchain. Companies may need to make significant changes to their daily operations to incorporate blockchain, not to mention the time and resources needed for pre-application research.”

Zhu pointed out that it also takes time for private citizens to fully understand and trust cryptocurrency. Between price swings and security vulnerabilities, they may be leery of entering the market, he believes.

“Given the volatility in the crypto market and the negative news about problematic ICOs, individual customers can be cautious of tokens,” he said. “Security is also an issue. Blockchain technology is not perfect. We still need more R&D to develop ways to prevent potential threats such as the 51% attack, where an organization controlling the majority of network mining power can prevent transactions by others and allow its own coin to be spent twice (double spending). So long as these threats exist, many companies may not see blockchain as a practical tool.”

Part of a Bigger Picture

A successful push by the Chinese government to instill crypto confidence goes beyond better banking and protecting consumers, however.

“The Chinese government is trying to shift the economy from manufacturing-based to a more value-added, services-based, to move from being the factory of the world to being the service provider of the world, which is a natural economic evolution that you would expect from any country as they try to level-up,” Zennon Kapron observed in an interview with Bitcoin Magazine. Kapron is the founder of Kapronasia, a Singapore-based firm focused on providing insights into Asia's financial industry.

“China has always tried to stay ahead and it’s used technology as a way of leveraging that with things like AI, machine learning, and some of the camera/surveillance technology as a way for the country to differentiate itself. From an economic perspective, it’s a very challenging transition to make because you're trying to shift demands from import/export to domestic consumption, while you've got a banking system that's relatively new that has a lot of challenges internally. So the government wants to avoid risk to the financial system, as well as the economy as a whole, and largely a lot of the pushback that we've seen from the government on cryptocurrencies is because of that.”

While Kapron is guarded on the immediate impact of blockchain on banking within China, he sees a real near-future need for applying distributed ledger to other fields.

“If we look at health records and food provenance in China, in certain ways [blockchain] would allow China to become coordinated and move much quicker, so the government is very open to the idea of launching technology and seems to be very supportive of it. That support is coming from the idea that, first of all, there are challenges that can be solved and, second of all, if they establish a leading edge around blockchain that could be a competitive advantage for them going forward.”

For Zhu, however, the most tantalizing possibilities for blockchain, in China and elsewhere, lay firmly within the financial realm.

“Blockchain can provide a comprehensive solution to multiple problems in the current financial industry,” he stated. “First off, it provides a decentralized structure, which will break the data monopoly of big, traditional banks and allows individual customers to control their own information. Second, the information on the chain cannot be changed or tampered with, which helps to enhance data security, one of the most important aspects in credit and banking. Third, while enhancing data security, blockchain also helps improve transparency, because every action is recorded on a smart contract and is always trackable.

“In my opinion, the philosophy behind blockchain is security and sharing,” added Zhu. “This technology connects people around the world, allowing them to access reliable information in a more efficient manner.”

Zhu has applied this outlook to his twin goals of growing his company, DCC, while also improving the CBAC’s prospects. For the industry to succeed, he believes it needs to embrace the same cooperation that blockchain facilitates by design.

“Collaboration is very important for companies in the tech sector, especially in an emerging industry like blockchain,” he said. “By joining the CBAC, I’d like to create a connection between the Chinese government authorities, as well as unite projects from both geographies and accelerate development processes. We would like to help our peers and DCC connect with additional experts in the space so that we can grow together at a much faster rate.

“Any new industry, at its birth, will experience volatility before the period of stable, healthy growth. I’d like to work as an active member of the CBAC on the development of industrial regulations, so that the blockchain industry will become more organized, allowing individual companies to fully unleash their potential.”

Coming to America

With the launch of a New York City presence, the CBAC is looking to foster collaboration not just between companies but between countries. Despite the many stumbles of Wall Street and the SEC in their approaches to crypto, Zhu maintains that both entities represent a “gold standard” of regulation, and the CBAC NY is in place specifically to model their best practices.

“As many countries are exploring and experimenting regulations for the blockchain industry, the U.S. is at the forefront and is doing a good job of placing certain safeguards and protection for investors stepping into the ICO world,” he said. “For example, the SEC is taking steps to create regulatory standards with the ‘Howey Test’ which determines whether cryptocurrencies are securities and thus subject to federal securities laws. Also, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) has published a report that seeks to warn investors of the potential ‘risks associated with self-directed Individual Retirement Accounts (self-directed IRAs)’ in which ICOs and cryptocurrencies are highlighted.”

Backed by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Financial Work, the CBAC NY’s mission is to arrange meetings with U.S. regulators and lawyers to gain insight into how the U.S. is setting such standards. From there, the organization will work to push those standards to the top of regulatory authorities in China to help create change. Ultimately, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology develops policies for the blockchain industry.

Seizing Momentum

A range of attendees present at the CBAC NY launch, including blockchain projects, entrepreneurs, regulators, academics, investment firms and exchanges across China and the U.S., indicated the high stakes and hopes for the organization’s success.

“The promise of decentralization and the new platforms and applications currently in development is to lead towards a much more connected world that will make financial value transfer faster, easier, and cheaper,” David Namdar, co-head of trading for the crypto asset merchant bank Galaxy Digital, told Bitcoin Magazine. “As the regulatory landscape develops globally, the CBAC can be instrumental in helping China to regulate blockchain in a way that leads toward greater involvement in an improved global financial ecosystem.

“I have been spending more and more time in Asia this year as we’ve expanded Galaxy Digital to Hong Kong and Tokyo,” Namdar continues, “and have been blown away by the amount of activity and enthusiasm around cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. In China, I believe there is a lot of momentum as more and more people become educated about the space and understand the technology and it’s potential. However, it continues to be an important challenge to promote innovation around actual uses while curbing speculation.”

While classifying the record of non-profit organizations in influencing Chinese government policy as “hit or miss,” Kapronasia’s Zennon Kapron sees how an improved blockchain ecosystem could translate into major gains for the country with the world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity.

“Certainly, China has become an epicenter of blockchain development,” he stated, “and China moves at China speed: [For example] we did a study a couple of years ago and we looked at cash usage in China. You think about China being a very cash-driven society. 60 percent of all retail transactions in 2010 were done with cash, and we expect that to drop in half to 30 percent by 2020. That shift, considering the population and considering the amount of money that that represents is massive. China can move very quickly on something like this, and so when we look at blockchain development in general and then regulation around blockchain, China could very well be a leader in this space as we go forward.”

“In China, the blockchain industry is growing quickly,” Zhu affirmed. “According to CoinTelegraph, in 2017, the most patent filings for blockchain technology to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) came from China, so we anticipate further applications of blockchain in China in the form of innovation in technology and banking/Internet finance. As I mentioned earlier, China is already using blockchain in a legal context and this type of growth will only continue to increase.”

With its massive footprint, rich resources, deep talent and influencers like the CBAC at work, China looms as a tempting frontier for outside operators in search of the ultimate blockchain destination.

“One of our core missions is to help grow the entire industry globally through technological development, investment and sensible regulation,” says Namdar. “Groups like the CBAC play an important role in education and cross-collaboration efforts with wide-reaching global impact.”

Still, in the eyes of educated observers like Kapron, it’s too early to say definitively if China, crypto and blockchain technology are bound for a copacetic outcome.

“I think we've seen very positive output from them in terms of their opinion and the way they think it could go, but that could change rapidly if there is a risk to the financial system,” he said.

“We're at the very early days right now, and, for most investors or either funds or individuals overseas that are looking at investing in Chinese blockchain projects, it's critical to understand the ecosystem. There are potentially outsized returns in China from some of these platforms, but it still remains to be seen how successful they are and how much the government allows things to move forward.”


This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.


          Bitfinex Challenges Insolvency Rumors, Provides Proof of Wallet Reserves      Cache   Translate Page      
Bitfinex Solvency

Top-three cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex is pushing back against claims that call its solvency into question.

The Hong Kong-based company released a blog post on October 7, 2017, that states, contrary to recent rumors, it is not insolvent. In its defense, the company provides links to its public wallet addresses, stating that hearsay in spite of these publicly verifiable records is “perhaps indicative of a targeted campaign based on nothing but fiction.”

“Bitfinex is not insolvent, and a constant stream of Medium articles claiming otherwise is not going to change this. As one of only a very few exchanges operating since 2013, with a small team and low operating costs, we do not entirely understand the arguments that purport to show us to be insolvent without providing any explanation about why.”

Over the weekend, a since-removed Medium post by user ProofofResearch warns readers to exit Bitfinex, alleging that complaints of restricted and frozen withdrawals expose its insolvency. The post goes on to air grievances shared on Reddit regarding these withdrawal issues, and the author accuses r/bitfinex moderators of censoring such posts.

“Both fiat and cryptocurrency withdrawals are functioning as normal. Verified Bitfinex users can freely withdraw Euros, Japanese Yen, Pounds Sterling and U.S. Dollars. Complications continue to exist for us in the domain of fiat transactions, as they do for most cryptocurrency-related organisations,” Bitfinex writes in its post.

To further quell community skepticism, Bitfinex offered block explorer links to its bitcoin, ether and eos cold wallet reserves. Not including fiat holdings, the exchange states that these wallets “represent a small fraction of Bitfinex cryptocurrency holdings.”

Collectively, the wallets hold just over $1.5 billion in assets. The majority of this fortune is accrued in the exchange’s bitcoin wallet, which holds 148,467 BTC worth roughly $989 million at current exchange rates. Its second largest holding, the exchange’s ether wallet contains 1,726,496 ETH (~$395 million), and its eos reserves weigh in at 35,374,975 ($209 million).

Wrestling Against Scrutiny

Bitfinex’s clarifying its financial position comes after news broke last week that one of its former banking partners is looking for a buyer, a development that ProofofResearch argues further points to Bitfinex’s own financial troubles.

Searching for a bailout of sorts, the Puerto Rican Noble Bank is “no longer profitable,” according to a source close to the matter who tipped the news to Bloomberg. With Noble Bank’s cryptocurrency partners reportedly jumping ship, Bitfinex has also severed its relationship with the financial firm, affirming in its blog post that “[stories] and allegations currently circulating mentioning an entity called Noble Bank have no impact on [its] operations, survivability, or solvency.”

Popular stablecoin Tether also terminated its relationship with the bank. Operated by a like CEO in Jan Ludovicus van der Velde, Tether’s and Bitfinex’s operations, purportedly, are intrinsically linked, and the two companies have been long entangled in a conspiracy that charges Tether is not fully backed by U.S. dollar reserves.

An academic report that points to Tether’s artificially inflating bitcoin’s price during the 2017 run-up has only stoked skepticism. Though, an earlier study provides evidence to the contrary, and Tether has produced an in-house attestation overseen by the Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan law firm to clear its name. However, this attestation is not an official audit, something that Tether states is impossible for a company in its position to attain, even as other stablecoin projects have suggested otherwise.








This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.


          Binance to Make Listing Fees Transparent, Give Proceeds to Charity      Cache   Translate Page      
Binance charity

Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, said that it will make new cryptocurrency listing fees transparent and donate 100 percent of those fees to charity.

The exchange made the announcement today, October 8, 2018, in a blog post where it stated that a listing fee would now be more appropriately called a “donation.”

Listing fees have been a pain point for cryptocurrency projects. Projects depend on getting their coins listed on exchanges for liquidity. News of getting listed on a major exchange can cause a coin to spike in value overnight. Yet, many projects have complained of exorbitant listing fees.  

In April 2018, Bloomberg reported that according to Autonomous Research some crypto trading platforms were charging $1 million to $3 million to list a token — 10 times more than what a traditional exchange, like Nasdaq, demands for securities.  

Binance, which now handles most of its operations out of Malta, has been a target of many of those complaints. In August 2018, Christopher Franko, co-founder of Expanse, a fork of Ethereum, tweeted that Binance wanted to charge 400 bitcoin ($2.5 million) to list a coin. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao refuted the accusation. “We don't list shitcoins even if they pay 400 or 4,000 BTC,” he tweeted.

Now, according to Binance, cryptocurrency projects will be able to name their price. “Binance will not dictate a number, nor is there a minimum required listing fee,” the exchange said, adding that it won’t be swayed by larger bids either. “A large donation does not guarantee or in any way influence the outcome of our listing review process.”

Once the two parties reach an agreement, the exchange said it will disclose the fee via its charity arm Blockchain Charity Foundation. Binance launched the arm in Malta in July 2018 as a way to funnel some of its profits to philanthropic endeavors. The foundation is chaired by Helen Hai, a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

“Hope others will follow,” CZ tweeted earlier today, alluding to the announcement.

Binance was originally founded in Hong Kong in 2017. Within six months, it was already touted as one of the biggest crypto exchanges in the space. Its growth is largely due to its ability to onboard new coins quickly. The exchange currently has 387 crypto-to-crypto trading pairs.



This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.


          Мугуруса и Свитолина откриха участието си в Хонконг с чисти победи      Cache   Translate Page      
Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, първи кръг Елина Свитолина – Присила Хон 6-2 6-3 Топ поставената Елина Свитолина не изпита особено трудности в откриващия си мач от турнира в Хонконг. Украинката се изправи срещу играещата с „уайлд кард“ Присила Хон и я елиминира за час и 11 минути с 6-2 6-3. Следващата опонентка на световната […]
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          Hong Kong: HANG SENG INDEX (.HSI) concerns over slowing growth      Cache   Translate Page      

Hong Kong: HANG SENG INDEX (.HSI) concerns over slowing growth Hong Kong shares ended lower on Tuesday as the Hang Seng index recorded its sixth consecutive day of loss, with concerns over slowing growth and the impact of an escalating Sino-U.S. trade war weighing on investor sentiment. At the close of trade, the Hang Seng […]

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Today’s horse racing tips/selections for Happy Valley 10 Oct 2018. 12:15 Handicap 1m 209yds – To Follow (SP) 12:45 Handicap 5f 212yds – To Follow (SP) 13:15 Handicap 7f 210yds – To Follow (SP) 13:45 Handicap 4f 214yds – To Follow (SP) 14:15 Handicap 5f 212yds – To Follow (SP) …

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          George Zimmer Net Worth      Cache   Translate Page      

American entrepreneur George Zimmer has an estimated net worth of $800 million. He worked as a substitute teacher after graduation. He later joined his dad in the clothing manufacturing business then worked as a purchasing agent and salesman in Hong Kong. [divider] George Zimmer Net Worth $800 Million [divider] Their first shop was located in …

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          The suffering of Cardinal Zen      Cache   Translate Page      
This article is written by Moris Polanco, originally published by Instituto Fe y Libertad and republished with permission. The elderly cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, said in his blog on February 5, 2018, “The brothers and sisters of mainland China are not afraid of being reduced to poverty, of being put into prison, of shedding their blood. Continue Reading...
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British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday that in the absence of any explanation by Hong Kong for its refusal to grant a visa to a senior UK journalist he could only conclude it was politically motivated.

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87 films compete for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

DF-Xinhua Report

A total of 87 films, including three Chinese-language films, are competing in the Foreign Language Film category of the 91st Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday.

   The number is down slightly from last year's record 92 submissions. Malawi and Niger are the first-time entrants in the Foreign Language Film category.

   The action comedy film "Hidden Man" was selected as the Chinese entry of the mainland for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

   Directed by Jiang Wen and starring Jiang Wen, Eddie Peng, Liao Fan, Zhou Yun and Xu Qing, "Hidden Man" is an adaptation of Chinese writer Zhang Beihai's novel "Xia Yin" ("The Reclusive Hero").

   The military action film "Operation Red Sea" was submitted in the category by Hong Kong, China.

   The "Great Buddha+," a dark comedy film written and directed by Huang Hsin-yao, was selected as the entry of Taiwan, China.

   The three Chinese-language films will face fierce competition with some high-profile contenders from across the world.

   Mexico's "Roma" that won the top prize at Venice, Japan's "Shoplifters" that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Poland's "Cold War" that won the Best Director prize at Cannes, are among the front runners in this year's Foreign Language Film category.

   Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 22, 2019 and the awards ceremony is set for Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood

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Garbine Muguruza comfortably overcame fellow Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo to make the last 16 of the Hong Kong Open.
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HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s leader Tuesday refused to say why the city had denied a visa to a leading Financial Times journalist, despite escalating demands for an explanation of the unprecedented challenge to freedom of the press. Victor Mallet, the FT’s Asia news editor and a British national, angered authorities in Beijing and Hong […]

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It was early April and a National Gallery of Canada painting by Marc Chagall, La Tour Eiffel, was having a successful exhibit — in Hong Kong. The Gallery was planning to sell the Chagall and use the money to buy a painting of St. Jérôme by Jacques-Louis David. Christie’s, the auction house, was showing the […]
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BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 29: Daria Gavrilova of Australia hits a return against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles 1st Round match of the 2018 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre on September 29, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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          El ePrix de Santiago completa la 'Season Five' de Fórmula E      Cache   Translate Page      
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La Fórmula E ha cerrado su calendario 2018-19 con la inclusión del ePrix de Santiago de Chile, prueba que se disputará por segunda vez en la capital del país sudamericano tras su exitoso debut en la 'Season Four'. Aunque la serie repetirá visita a Santiago, la carrera que tendrá lugar el 26 de enero de 2019 no se disputará en el circuito original. Las protestas de los vecinos de la comuna de Santiago han motivado a las autoridades locales a trasladar el ePrix de Fórmula E a un nuevo circuito situado en las carreteras del Parque O'Higgins, en torno a las instalaciones del Movistar Arena.

El nuevo circuito todavía tiene que ser aprobado por el Consejo Mundial del Motor de la FIA, si bien ya ha sido presentado su boceto. Según el mismo, el ePrix de Santiago de Chile se disputará sobre una pista de 14 curvas con dos secciones realmente diferenciadas. La primera parte de la pista, hasta la curva 7, cuenta con ángulos enlazados de media velocidad, si bien a partir de ese momento la pista dibuja un inmenso arco dividido por una chicane. Esta larga zona de aceleración en curva termina con una fuerte frenada en la curva 12, dando lugar a un último sector de horquillas y pequeñas rectas.

Antofagasta Minerals seguirá siendo el patrocinador principal de un ePrix que cuenta con el apoyo de todos los organismos locales. Así lo hoa expresado Pauline Kantor, ministra de deportes de Chile: "Estamos muy contentos por el regreso de la Fórmula E a Chile en enero. Es una gran noticia para todos, porque significa que estamos listos para organizar grandes eventos y nos da mucha visibilidad fuera del país". En la misma línea, Felipe Alessandri, alcalde de Santiago, ha añadido: "Hemos afrontado un cambio de ubicación tras escuchar a los vecinos y vamos a mitigar los aspectos negativos que significa organizar un evento así en el Parque O'Higgins y que así sea un éxito".

Trazado del ePrix de Santiago de Chile 2019

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Calendario temporada 2018-19 de Fórmula E - 'Season Five'

FechaePrixPaís
15 de diciembre de 2018
Al-DiriyahArabia Saudí
12 de enero de 2019
MarrakeshMarruecos
26 de enero de 2019
Santiago de Chile
Chile
16 de febrero de 2019
México City
México
10 de marzo de 2019
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
23 de marzo de 2019
SanyaChina
13 de abril de 2019
RomaItalia
27 de abril de 2019
ParísFrancia
11 de mayo de 2019
MónacoMónaco
25 de mayo de 2019
BerlínAlemania
09 de junio de 2019
TBA
Suiza
13 de julio de 2019
Nueva York
Estados Unidos
14 de julio de 2019
Nueva YorkEstados Unidos

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          10月9日(火)のつぶやき その5      Cache   Translate Page      

哲野イサク氏 タバコや酒でDNAが傷つくのは事実だが、それはDNAの機能を低下させるだけで、DNA自体を変質(ミューテイト)させるわけではない。しかし電離現象はあきらかにDNAをミューテイトするのであり、本質的に異なる現象である。

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2011年12月16日 - 18:47

国民性が出ると思う。
ベラルーシやウクライナの子供の被害は写真付きだけど、日本の場合は親も医師も行政も隠す。

チェルノブイリの被災者。 pic.twitter.com/GUKzMNe9sx

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2018年7月27日 - 17:52

チェルノブイリの被災者。
腕の先天異常。 pic.twitter.com/ysXJClBSue

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2018年7月26日 - 23:39

チェルノブイリの被災者
物理現象に否認をすれば最悪の結果を招く。 pic.twitter.com/EFweJ9nQjB

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2017年3月5日 - 18:08

チェルノブイリの被災者
子供たちの苦しみは続いている。
声をあげなければ明日は我が子と我が身。
人任せにするのはやめよう。 pic.twitter.com/i8QDkT0vlz

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2017年2月19日 - 16:45

チェルノブイリの被災者
大惨事は現実。あの日からずっと続いている。
人口統計上の大惨事と言われるほどに。 pic.twitter.com/1ZFU4IG48X

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2017年2月17日 - 11:47

自然農で栽培した不耕起・無施肥・無農薬の古代米の発芽玄米で醸したドブロクは、飲むほどに健康になる。摂取するアルコールの質によって結果には雲泥の差が出ることを体験済み。
karapaia.com/archives/52264…
飲酒に適量はな… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— yosinari123168 (@yosinari123168) 2018年8月29日 - 13:06

野生生物は空気も雨も食料も水も、その土地の環境をすべて受け入れるしかない。自らが自然の一部となって。
でも、人間はある程度選択できる。家をシェルター化して空気清浄。雨にあたらずより安全な食材と水も選べる。
twitter.com/cmk2wl/status/…

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2018年10月8日 - 16:10

日焼け止め成分が海を汚染、食物連鎖で人体に影響も 香港研究 afpbb.com/articles/-/319… 香港浸会大学(Hong Kong Baptist University)の研究チームは記者会見で、香港の海水と、養殖場の魚… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 北風ロビン(慌てると転ぶので注意) (@oldblue2012) 2018年10月8日 - 12:01

「湿気がひどくてマグロにカビが生える」開場目前の豊洲市場に不安の声が高まる #築地市場 #豊洲市場 bunshun.jp/articles/-/9226都も、ここまでの湿気とカビの発生は想定外だったのだろう。開場を目前にして、至るところ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 建築エコノミスト森山 (@mori_arch_econo) 2018年10月9日 - 09:15

カビの生える建物にいてはならない。その建物は救えない。カビが生えてきた、とわかったなら、重篤な健康被害になる前にその場からすぐに立ち去るしかない。

というのが欧米医療者のアドバイス twitter.com/mori_arch_econ…

— t-mari (@kappel0208) 2018年10月9日 - 10:41

森山さんの記事にあった大型除湿器。
あんなものを置けば早々に事故(人にも食品にも)が生じる。場内の活動時間帯は戦争なさがら。うず高く段ボールやパレットが並び、その間をくぐり抜けるように人とターレが行き来する。
たかが除湿器、だけどあれは中で働く人たちを妨害するシロモノになる。

— t-mari (@kappel0208) 2018年10月9日 - 10:37

福島の事故で海の汚染が決定的になり、東京の環境汚染は福島の一部地域を上回危機的レベル(築地の正面玄関の汚染レベルは高かった)。それを除外して考えても、旧毒ガス製造地に、生鮮食品を扱う機能性を一切排除した建築構造に、絶句する。
通気性を持たせない建物で生鮮品は扱ってはならないのです

— t-mari (@kappel0208) 2018年10月9日 - 10:32

@oldblue2012 計測してみました。Tシャツならこんなもの使わなくとも5秒でたためます。まさに、不要不要不要!!!!!!

— 新保吉章 (@pat052) 2018年10月9日 - 13:03

新聞の訃報欄、おくやみ情報を見ると50~60代もいる現実 blog.goo.ne.jp/flyhigh_2012/e…
亡国の道をまっしぐら。次世代のゲノムを傷つければ国は滅びるのです。
被曝回避派と言われる人達も、私のこういったお悔やみ情報をほとんど共有しません。

— 北風ロビン(慌てると転ぶので注意) (@oldblue2012) 2018年8月15日 - 07:28

会社の取引先の家族も立て続けに。不祝儀袋の減りが早い… twitter.com/oldblue2012/st…

— kiwico (@kiwicoconico) 2018年10月9日 - 09:16

川や海の水、空気や土などの環境を、化学物質や放射性物質、重金属で汚してるから人間は生まれる前からその環境汚染の影響を受けている。生まれてからも、タバコや酒、農薬添加物、遺伝子組み換えに晒されている。収束しない原発事故で世界一の放射能汚染国になってしまった日本。障害者で溢れかえる国

— 北風ロビン(慌てると転ぶので注意) (@oldblue2012) 2018年4月10日 - 08:51

せめて、なぜこのようなことになったか疑問を持って欲しい。
なぜ企業はゲノムを傷つけることで金を儲けようとする?
薬や医療のマッチポンプの商売もやっちゃいけないことだ。
自然を取り戻す、環境の汚染を取り除く。
ゴミの原因と私たちの暮らしの関係について考えることしか解決の道はない。

— 北風ロビン(慌てると転ぶので注意) (@oldblue2012) 2018年4月10日 - 08:55

普通の市民の人に複合汚染の公害で殺されてるということに気付いて欲しい。
自分たちの世代だけでなく、未来の世代のゲノムを破壊し尽くすのが人工化合物と放射性物質の複合汚染。
どんなに辛くても、ゴミの問題、化学物質の問題から目を背けない… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 北風ロビン(慌てると転ぶので注意) (@oldblue2012) 2018年7月16日 - 12:33

古写真を見るのが好き。この時代に戻りたい。放射性物質や化学物質、プラスチック、柔軟剤で汚れた今の日本は嫌。原発も携帯電話も自動車もなくていい。自然災害が起きても次世代のゲノムを破壊するようなものがゴミとして環境に流出することはなか… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

— 北風ロビン(慌てると転ぶので注意) (@oldblue2012) 2017年9月28日 - 09:39

工業化社会が環境を汚染してきたことを人々が認識しない限り、健康被害が広がり、次世代のゲノムまで傷つけながら滅亡する。

公害の真の原因を取り除かない限り、後始末の技術を開発しようとしても無駄。

病気は治せない。

ゲノム編集などしてはいけないこと。

— 北風ロビン(慌てると転ぶので注意) (@oldblue2012) 2017年9月20日 - 18:15

アスクル倉庫の火災から始まって、先ほどの
トヨタ車体・三重県の工場、茨城県稲敷と工場火災も非常に
多くなっています。
可燃物・産業廃棄物とかなり危険な物が
保管や製造されている工場に火災が集中しています
アスクルは避難勧告でしたが… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

— 多摩人 (@tamajinniki2) 2017年3月20日 - 22:40

@Tl4Lf @jifusihotson1北関東は首都圏に人口が密集してその周りに農地なのですが、そこに物流倉庫がつくられたり、東京湾岸のコンビナートから発生した廃物をリサイクルする工場ができたり、首都圏が吐き出すプラスチックゴミが溜められたりしているからこういう事が起きるんです

— 北風ロビン(慌てると転ぶので注意) (@oldblue2012) 2017年3月22日 - 08:05

工業生産や廃棄物処理の真実、実態を知り、産業構造全体をあらため、縮小し変えていかないことには、毒物が社会に垂れ流し放題になり、健康維持が困難になって、結局、経済も社会も持続できなくなるだろう。次世代のゲノムを壊しているのだから。
twitter.com/oldblue2012/st…

— 北風ロビン(慌てると転ぶので注意) (@oldblue2012) 2017年3月22日 - 08:19

5. メルトダウンした核燃料である溶融デブリは当然臨界しているし、臨界してるからこそ溶融デブリ。だからこそ取り出しもできない。呼吸をするように規模の異なる臨界を繰り返す。
6. 同時に核分裂生成物であるセシウムも検出されている。
7. 今回は行政機関ですら雨の可能性を疑っている。

— cmk2wl (@cmk2wl) 2018年10月7日 - 04:09

築地市場での排水管2メートル80センチと、豊洲市場の85センチ、35センチ、25センチを比較すると、こんなに違う。
「流量=管の断面積×流速」だから、築地の2m80cmと豊洲6街区85cmでは、流量で10倍以上の差があり、豊洲5街… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 建築エコノミスト森山 (@mori_arch_econo) 2018年10月9日 - 09:03

今日も元気だ原発放射能、昨日より色濃くなった吐き出しもの。
浪江町の子供たちチャコール付きマスクにしようね。

今日も明るく楽しく元気よくお仕事頑張りましょう。
「怪我と弁当は自分持ち」
怪我してほめる人いませんからお気を付けくだ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 桑ちゃん (@namiekuwabara) 2018年10月9日 - 08:08

今年、通貨の下落が著しい国々

オーストラリア、ニュージーランド、ブラジル、トルコ、アルゼンチン、ベネズエラ、イラン、インド、パキスタン、ネパール、ザンビア、アンゴラ、リベリア
tradingeconomics.com/new-zealand/cu…

— 藤原直哉 (@naoyafujiwara) 2018年10月9日 - 11:26

最近下落が目立つ世界の株式市場

ドイツ、イタリア、スペイン、トルコ、ポーランド、デンマーク、ギリシャ、ブルガリア、アイスランド、上海、香港、フィリピン、パキスタン、オマーン、スリランカ、レバノン、ドバイ、ラオス、ナイジェリア、モ… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

— 藤原直哉 (@naoyafujiwara) 2018年10月9日 - 11:06

ショッピングセンター、淘汰の時代へ 駅前でも閉鎖
nikkei.com/article/DGXMZO…

— 藤原直哉 (@naoyafujiwara) 2018年10月9日 - 11:51
          Wta Hong Kong: avanti Svitolina e Muguruza      Cache   Translate Page      

Elina Svitolina e Garbine Muguruza, rispettivamente, prima e quarta testa di serie della competizione, sono avanzate al turno successivo senza incontrare particolari ostacoli.

L'articolo Wta Hong Kong: avanti Svitolina e Muguruza sembra essere il primo su Tennis Circus.


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The U.S. Coast Guard and local first responders responded to a disabled 479-foot asphalt tanker off the coast of Nantucket Island on Monday after the vessel suffered what the Coast Guard described as a ‘significant’ fire that damaged multiple systems. The Coast Guard reported Monday that the fire broke out in the engine room of the Hong […]
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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will present her second policy address in the Legislative Council on Wednesday, and she is expected to unveil no fewer than 250 new initiatives.She said last month she would be locking herself up to work on her
          Les Google Pixel 3 et Pixel 3XL sont officiels… Et ils sortiront bien en France !      Cache   Translate Page      
Il est rare dans le monde du smartphone d’être vraiment surpris par l’annonce d’un nouveau téléphone, tant les fuites en amont sont devenues la norme. Mais dans le cas des Pixel 3, tous les records ont été battus. Depuis plusieurs semaines, voire mois, le nouveau smartphone de Google est en vente sur plusieurs marchés noirs, que ce soit en Europe de l’Est ou à Hong Kong. Design, fiche technique, appareil photo, on savait déjà tout des nouveaux porte-étendards de Google. Mais qu’importe : ils sont désormais officiels et surtout ils vont enfin avoir droit à une commercialisation en France. Un Google Pixel 3 « old school », mais doté d'une fiche technique solide On commence donc avec le Google Pixel 3. Pas question d’encoche sur l’écran ici, mais d’un affichage « old school » au format 18:9 d’une diagonale de 5,5 pouces. Comme l’année dernière, il s’agit d’un écran AMOLED, que l’on espère beaucoup mieux calibré que ceux de l’année dernière. Question design, Google ne change pas une formule déjà convaincante. On retrouve donc un mélange de verre (sur la partie supérieure) et de métal sur la coque, un lecteur d’empreinte et… un unique capteur photo. Un choix étrange de la part de Google alors que les autres constructeurs n’hésitent plus à multiplier les capteurs de leur bloc photo dorsaux. Comme l’année dernière également, le Pixel 3, comme le Pixel 3 XL, n’embarque pas de port jack, ni de port microSD (comme toujours). Il faudra faire avec l’adaptateur USB Type-C. Enfin trois coloris sont prévus : Simplement Noir, Résolument Blanc, Subtilement Rose. La fiche technique enfin est sans aucune surprise. Le Pixel 3 embarque un Snapdragon 845 associé à 4 Go de RAM, un Pixel Visual Core, un module Titan M Security, et 64 ou 128 Go d’espace de stockage. Il dispose d’un écran Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) et d’une batterie de 2 915 mAh. Google oblige, il est installé sous la dernière version d’Android : Android 9.0 Pie avec un Pixel launcher, légèrement tweaké de façon à intégrer le maximum de fonctionnalités de Google. On le disait un peu plus haut, la plus grande surprise concernant ce téléphone provient de son bloc photo. Il n’embarque en effet qu’un unique capteur de 12,2 MP ƒ/1.8 au dos et Google promet des merveilles en basse luminosité. Ce capteur est d’ailleurs être soutenu par une application photo dotée à l’IA. Trois modes de prise de vue se démarquent : Top Shot, où une IA dopée au machine learning sera capable de sélectionner la meilleure photo prise lors d’une rafale, Photobooth, qui est l’équivalent de Top Shot, mais pour les selfies (et qui devrait prendre en compte le double capteur photo présent à l’avant de l’appareil) et enfin Super Res Zoom, qui a pour but d’améliorer la qualité des photos prises avec le zoom numérique. En façade on retrouve un 8 MP ƒ/2.2 grand angle (97°). Ses dimensions sont de 68.2 x 145.6 x 7.9 mm pour 148g. Il faudra tester tout cela en conditions réelles pour savoir ce que valent les promesses de Google. Le Google Pixel 3 XL, plus grand et avec une encoche Toutes ces fonctionnalités et cette fiche technique devraient se retrouver sur le Google Pixel 3 XL. Ce dernier se différencie de son petit frère par trois traits : il est plus grand (6,3 pouces) et son écran 18,5:9 dispose d’une encoche et passe en QHD+ (2960 x 1440), alors que sa batterie à une capacité de 3430 mAh. Et quelle encoche. Peu esthétique, cette dernière est plutôt large et descend assez bas dans l’écran. On s’attendait à mieux de ce point de vue de la part de Google. Ses dimensions sont de 76.7 x 158.0 x 7.9 mm pour 184g. La recharge sans fil est bien là En option, Google propose le Pixel Stand, notre nouveau chargeur sans fil compatible Qi. Lorsque vous mettez votre téléphone à charger sur le Pixel Stand, votre appareil se transforme en écran intelligent, grâce à l’Assistant Google intégré. Il sera disponible au prix de 79 euros. Les Google Pixel 3 enfin disponibles en France (mais pas donnés) La bonne nouvelle, c’est que les Google Pixel 3 vont enfin être commercialisés en France. Ce n’était pas le cas des deux premiers exemplaires. Ils ne seront toutefois pas donnés. Le Google Pixel 3 sera en effet vendu 859 euros en version 64 Go et 959 euros en version 128 Go. Pour le Google Pixel 3 XL comptez 959 euros en version 64 Go et 1059 euros pour la version 128 Go. Le message est clair : il s’agit de smartphones haut de gamme et Google compte les aligner face aux flagships de Samsung ou Huawei.  Ils seront en prévente dès demain, le 10 octobre, puis en vente à partir du 2 novembre, chez Orange, Fnac-Darty, Boulanger, SFR, Bouygues Telecom et sur le Google Store. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKSA_idPZkc&feature=youtu.be

          Tencent’s share price rout is breaking all kinds of records      Cache   Translate Page      
Not only has the Chinese Internet giant lost more market value than any other company worldwide this year, its 38% drop from a closing high in January is now the deepest since Tencent’s 2004 listing in Hong Kong.

          Lion Rock: Hong Kong's most beautiful climbing destination      Cache   Translate Page      
Lion Rock, Hong Kong's most famous mountain, is also home to the city's most scenic and challenging climbing route with a rewarding view at the top.

          Attorney / - Asia-Hong Kong      Cache   Translate Page      
Hong Kong office is seeking a mid to senior level corporate associate. Candidate should have 3-7 years of solid equity capital market experience. Will need to have a good command of written and spoken English and Chinese languages.
          Stanley Kwan (director, 1957)      Cache   Translate Page      
Stanley Kwan (in Mandarin GUAN Jinpeng; in Cantonese KWAN Kam-Pang) was born in Hong Kong in 1957. After studying in the Department of Communications in Baptist College, he joined the television ...
          Searching for a black young gay (18-24)      Cache   Translate Page      
Hello,

My name is Gary, 21 years old, come from Hong Kong, just become gay and I am looking for a young black gay (18-24).

I am currently living in London zone 2 close to Canary Wharf. I know its a bit wired to post a topic here, but I wish I can meet some black young gay friends.

Thanks,
Gary
          Hong Kong Extends Extra Bizav Slot Trial      Cache   Translate Page      
October 8, 2018, 11:53 AM
Originally set to end in October, the program which added two additional slots daily, will now run through March.

          Litigation Senior Associate - Cornwall Executive Recruitment - Cornwall      Cache   Translate Page      
Central London, Cornwall, Devon, Wales, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Cayman, BVI, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Luxembourg & Dubai....
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          IMF downgrades growth again; China depreciates, defends against outflows; Hong Kong housing teeters; Canada housing starts droop; UST 10yr at 3.21%; oil up, gold holds; NZ$1 = 64.6 USc; TWI-5 = 68.8      Cache   Translate Page      

Here's our summary of key events overnight that affect New Zealand, with news 'economic growth' is under pressure worldwide.

At their just-ended meeting in Bali, the IMF lowered its forecasts for global economic growth in 2018 to +3.7% and down from +3.9% in their April estimate (which itself was a downgrade), saying the trade tariff wars and instability in emerging markets is cooling many economies. By their new estimates, they think China's growth will cool to +6.2% in 2019. US growth will cool to +2.5%. They say New Zealand will grow +3.1% this year and +3.0% next. (That compares with the last RBNZ estimates of +2.5% this year and +3.3% in 2019.)

China’s effort to support its slowing economy is putting pressure on the yuan. Their challenge is to keep the growth going without triggering capital outflows. To do that they are letting the yuan depreciate - and it hit a 21 month low against the greenback yesterday - while at the same time engineering a very sharp rise in the cost borrowing yuan in offshore markets, especially Hong Kong. That makes the costs of large sudden capital outflows much less attractive. The overnight cost of borrowing yuan for Hong Kong banks jumped to 5% from 1.7% a day earlier, hitting its highest level since May. The rate for one-week lending reached 7.6% yesterday, up +4 percentage points since last week to its highest level in over a year.

To encourage trade, China is increasing the size of its tax rebates for exporters. Plus it has announced an expanded program to clear away shantytowns and replace them with 'modern' housing facilities.

In Hong Kong, there are serious worries that a housing market crash is imminent. Banks are slashing valuations in the face of a turn in the market and industry insiders are claiming this will just make the turn faster and deeper. But of course no bank wants to be behind the trend of declining market prices. A big reveal of the housing market's reliance on 'confidence' underpinning valuations is about to be exposed in Hong Kong.

In Canada, housing starts slipped to a 19 month low. They were particularly weak in Vancouver, but growing in Toronto.

In Mexico, their inflation topped 5% in September and for the first time since March, establishing a new rising trend.

The Gerrman trade surplus grew larger than expected in August, but for all the wrong reasons. Exports actually fell when they were expected to rise, and imports slumped when a small rise was expected. Perhaps the data is seasonal because August is the height of their summer holidays. But it is a worrying sign for them nonetheless.

The UST 10yr yield is lower today at 3.21%. Their 2-10 curve is now at +32 bps. The Aussie Govt 10yr is at 2.78% and up +1 bp from this time yesterday. The China 10yr is at 3.65%, up +2 bps, while the NZ Govt 10yr is at 2.69%, also up +2 bps.

Gold is at US$1,187/oz this morning, a small US$2 rise overnight.

US oil prices are up by about +US$1 today at just over US$75/bbl. The Brent benchmark is now just over US$85/bbl.

The Kiwi dollar is starting today at 64.6 USc having changed little since this time yesterday. On the cross rates we are at 91.1 AUc and at 56.2 euro cents. That leaves the TWI-5 at 68.8 and just off its three year low.

Bitcoin is now at US$6,587 and that is a tiny slip of less than +1% overnight. This rate is charted in the exchange rate set below.

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          Tencent mất 220 tỷ USD năm nay      Cache   Translate Page      

Đại gia Internet Trung Quốc là doanh nghiệp có vốn hóa giảm mạnh nhất địa cầu trong năm 2018. Cổ phiếu Tencent đã mất 38% kể từ khi đạt đỉnh hồi tháng 1 năm nay. Đây là mức giảm mạnh nhất của mã này từ khi niêm yết năm 2004 trên sàn Hong Kong. Hôm […]

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          What's new in Hong Kong? (non-high end Cantonese, HK cafes, Japanese, Sake Bars)      Cache   Translate Page      
BTW, 'Sushi Saito' opened up a shop inside the Fourseasons. Easier to get in than Tokyo!....the latter an impossibility unless one has really great connection!
          "At its peak, Apple was seeing 60% of warranty repairs in China and Hong Kong as being fraudulent, literally costing Apple billions of dollars per year"      Cache   Translate Page      
9to5:
Initially, Apple stopped allowing walk-in repairs and required reservation systems that supposedly ensured proof of ownership was provided. The system was beaten by hackers who exploited vulnerabilities in the web system who sniped all the time slots.

Apple then required candidate iPhone devices to run software diagnostics which would identify any fake parts inside, without requiring store staff to disassemble components and perform inspections. The thieves circumvented this by simply making the iPhones not turn on.

Some criminals were even more sophisticated.

          Thread: Blackout: Hong Kong:: General:: map      Cache   Translate Page      

by spectrablue

The way the map is used in this game is disappointing. While I appreciate the fact it is a map of HK, it doesn't seem clear to me that game has much recognition of the real geography and/or population density of various areas of HK. Maybe it doesn't need that to be enjoyable but when I first glanced at the game and saw the map and overall theme of the game... my thoughts were that doesn't make any sense at all. It seems like they just evenly divided HK up into districts spread out across the map. Grab a google sat image of HK and look at where people actually live and the amazing amount of green space (especially on the northern side) around the central island. If instead they had narrowed the map to cover most of Central HK/Northern section of the Island and a mostly the southern portion of Kowloon Peninsula it would have made a lot more sense. Sure its cool to show the whole area to help folks become familiar with HK but the idea of essentially treating the whole area blandly is not compelling. I hope the fun factor can overcome the geographic naivete of de-emphasizing the Island itself and blowing up the significance of essentially what amounts to a giant green park surrounding the city. If the theme of the game is to restore order than the map has the wrong focus.
          Session: Pandemic:: Pandemic - A Solo Play-Through      Cache   Translate Page      

by The Solo Meeple

I thought it would be interesting to post a solo play-through, one where I try to portray what I'm thinking and why I make the moves I do. I chose Pandemic as it's a great gateway game, and one that people new to the hobby are likely to play.

I'll be typing things up as I play, and will try to get across what moves I'm considering and their pro's and con's.

I have no ideas how it will turn out, but there are strategies that will increase the chances of winning the game, and I have elected to play with three characters - four and the game is a little easier - two and it's a fair bit harder. I find three a good challenge.

Probably the best way of following along is to open up the map images I have placed at the start of each round (a turn with each character). I apologies for the image quality, the room I played in has red walls, and the flash bounce caused a few issues.

Set-up

I shuffled the role cards together and drew three - the medic, researcher, and the quarantine specialist.

The medic is possibly one of the most useful characters; removing all cubes of one colour when carrying out a 'treat disease' action, as well as removing all cubes of cured diseases from the city he is in. He is my favourite character to play and I'm happy he's turned up.

The researcher is handy; when carrying out share knowledge may give any 1 of her city cards. Likewise any player sharing knowledge with her may take any 1-city card from her hand. The only issue with the researcher is that you have to keep them close to your other characters to make them most effective. Either that, or they need to be able to jump around, expending city cards to do so. They are at their best when you have the dispatcher character, who can move them around to share cards.

Finally, the quarantine specialist - Prevent disease cube placement in the city you are in and all connected cities. She can be a very useful character to play, but needs handling correctly. It is so easy to get her tied up to one city, there is a knack at getting the most from her; we shall see if I have it!

They were dealt the following city cards:

Medic

• Blue - Madrid
• Red - Jakarta
• Yellow - Bogota

Researcher

• Red - Sydney
• Red - Hong Kong
• Black - Cairo

Quarantine specialist

• Red - Osaka
• Blue - London
• Yellow - Los Angeles

On the whole not a bad selection, especially with the researcher; she may be able to pass her two red cards to the Medic or Quarantine Specialist.


Here's how things stack up at the start.

Initial city infection.

3 Cubes

Blue - Milan
Yellow - Bogota
Yellow - Mexico City
Not a good start - Bogota and Mexico City are adjacent, and could cause problems later on, we shall see what else comes out.

2 Cubes


• Red - Shanghai
• Black - Chennai
• Yellow - Los Angeles

It was going okay until LA came out, that's right next to Mexico City, so I have to be very wary of game breaking multiple outbreaks.

1 Cube

• Red - Beijing
• Black - Baghdad
• Yellow - Kinshasa

No real issues there other than another yellow cube used; that's 9 out of the 24.

I've elected to play a standard game, 5 epidemics, and have set the board up as per the instructions, only with one slight deviation - the rules state that the player deck should be divided into five piles of roughly the same size, and an epidemic card shuffled into each one. The piles are then stacked on top of each other, smallest first. However, I have done what the majority of people seem to do - I dealt them out so that 4 piles hold 9 cards and the last one 8; then shuffled in the epidemic cards and stacked the deck.

This means that I can expect an epidemic card once in every 10 cards - something worth remembering.

Why did I choose to do this? Mainly because it highlights the use of card counting, something you may, or may not, want to do - but it does give you a slight advantage knowing the odds; knowing when it's worth taking a risk or having to play safe.

I also wanted to slightly increase my chances of winning, purely for the sake of the play-through, and would normally divide the cards up as per the rulebook, as it does add that slight bit more uncertainty to the game.


This is how things stand after the initial infection phase.

Round 1

The Medic has Jakarta, with the largest population, and so will go first. I have to decide whether to share knowledge with the Researcher first, or try to clear the yellow cubes from Bogota, Mexico City, and Los Angeles.

It will take two actions to get to either Mexico or Bogota, and another to treat the disease. My last action would then be used to move me to the other infected city, so I may as well share knowledge with the researcher, taking Sydney from her, then moving to Mexico via Miami. My last action with the Medic is to treat the yellow disease in Mexico, removing all the cubes.

I decided on moving and treating Mexico, rather than Bogota, simple to split the infected cities up. If I had decided on Bogota instead, and I drew an epidemic card, there was always the chance of  infecting Mexico City, causing an outbreak and placing a third cube in LA. If the next card up is then LA...!

Note: - Someone new to the game may be tempted to try and give the red cards held by the Medic and Quarantine Specialist to the researcher, as she already has two, but this requires trying to get them together in the same location as the card they wish to pass. The researcher's strength lies in the fact she can give away any city card - use it!


Medic city draw


• Red - Beijing
• Yellow - Buenos Aires

Good, another red, that gives me options with the Researcher.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Red - Osaka

Researcher

With the Medic drawing another red city card it's obvious that she needs to stay close to him. She hasn't got anything useful to give to the Quarantine Specialist so she may as well move towards the Medic. She moves to Miami and on to Mexico, and shares knowledge with the Medic, giving him Hong Kong, which makes four red for the Medic. With her last action she moves to LA.

She could have moved to Bogota with that last action, but at the moment I want the Quarantine Specialist to move there. My thinking here is that the Medic will move through LA to San Francisco, and then across the water to Tokyo. I will have the Researcher follow, aiming to move them through to the Black and Blue areas of the board, on the way hopefully curing the red disease and possibly eradicating it. But for that I will need to build another research station somewhere.

Researcher city draw

• Red - Taipei
• Black - Mumbai

Excellent, another red, the Medic can pick that up as he moves through LA.

Researcher infection draw

• Red - Manila
• Black - Moscow

Pity about the red cube; I was hoping that if one were to appear, it would be in close proximity to the others, so they could be easily swept up.

Quarantine specialist

At the moment there's nowhere in particular she can put her skill to good effect, other than staying around Mexico City. There is the option of trying to get both the yellow city cards from the Medic - Bogota and Buenos Aires - and I definitely think one is possible if nothing else comes along that is more urgent. So, She moves via Miami to Bogota, and treats disease twice, removing two cubes.

This prevents cubes from being placed here, and the adjoining cities. The medic can, after a brief visit to LA, move back to Bogota ready to share knowledge if I decide on that plan of action. Flexibility - keeping your options open and being able to react to whatever infection cards come out - or an epidemic.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Red - Tokyo
• Epidemic! - Infection rate moves along one, still a 2 though. Khartoum is drawn and 3 yellow cubes placed there. The infection discard pile is shuffled and placed on top of the draw pile.

The draw of another red city just gives me options to use the direct flight action, which may come in handy later. With the draw of the epidemic card I'm glad I have the Quarantine Specialist where she is, let's see what comes out.

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Yellow - Khartoum
• Yellow - Kinshasa

Not good! Khartoum causes an outbreak - the outbreak marker is moved to 1, and a cube is placed in Cairo, Lagos, Kinshasa, and Johannesburg. Unfortunately Kinshasa was drawn next, giving me 3 cubes there too!

Getting an epidemic early on can cause problems, as the infection discard pile is small you know that there's a good chance of something coming out you've yet to clear, causing an outbreak. At least there is plenty of time now until the next epidemic card comes out, so I need to get either the Medic, or the Quarantine specialist to this area soon. (The epidemic was the sixth card drawn, so I've at least two turns of grace before there is a chance of another.)

At the end of the first round things aren't too bad. I'm on the verge of curing the red disease already, but do have issues with yellow. I know that there are going to be another three infections coming out in quick succession - LA, Mexico City, and Bogota, so I need to keep an eye on how many yellow cubes are available, but I'm not too worried... yet!

Round 2


How things stand at the start of round 2.
Future Meeple - The outbreak marker in the picture should be at 1; I notice my error a little later!


Medic

I now decide that the best thing for the medic would be to head to Africa and clear the cubes there, but it will take a couple of turns. I'm not going to worry about getting Taipei from the researcher, she can bring it to the medic. I can, however, drop of Bogota with the Quarantine specialist. So, the medic moves from Mexico to Bogota, shares knowledge, giving Bogota to the Quarantine Specialist. He then moves to Lagos via Sao Paulo.

I could have cured a yellow cube at Bogota and then finished the move at Buenos Aires, ready to give that city card to the Quarantine specialist on their turn, but I figured that could be done later, as I really want to get rid of some of these yellow cubes in Africa.

Medic city draw

• Event - Government Grant - Add 1 research station to any city (No city card needed).
• Blue - Washington

I played the Event card as soon as I drew it, knowing exactly where I would like it - Baghdad!

I placed the station in Baghdad as it occupies a vital position on the board  - being central and having five cities linked to it. if you get an outbreak here it can really ruin your day, as can a number of other similarly located cities. I could have placed it closer to the Medic, enabling him to discover a cure, but it's often better to have a station in a more central location.

Medic infection draw

• Yellow - Los Angeles
• Red - Shanghai

That's okay, as the Researcher is still in LA and she could remove a cube before moving towards the Medic. Shanghai isn't so good, I'm getting too many cities that have 3 cubes on them, and Shanghai is in the opposite direction to where I want to go, typical!

Researcher

I now have a decision to make. My original plan was for the researcher to follow the Medic into Africa, and pass the last card he needs to discover a cure for the red disease. But, with Shanghai now on 3 red cubes, have my priorities changed? I decide to move her to join the Medic - Mexico City - Bogota - Sao Paulo - Lagos. I leave the 3 cubes in LA for the Quarantine Specialist to deal with.

I made the decision base upon the chances of an epidemic card coming out on the next turn. As we have drawn eight cards so far, one of which was an epidemic, there should be at least one more turn before there is a chance of hitting another epidemic card. (remember, one epidemic card in every ten cards). So, I have a reasonable chance of positioning the Quarantine Specialist in an ideal spot, as well as clearing some more yellow cubes.

Researcher city draw

• Blue - Chicago
• Blue - New York

This is a good draw for me as the Medic already has two blue cards, and as the researcher has followed the Medic, it should just take a little luck to cure both blue and red over the next few turns.

Researcher infection draw

• Black - Moscow
• Black - Baghdad

Nothing to worry about at the moment, just got to keep an eye on them.

Quarantine Specialist

Easy decision here. She moves to LA via Mexico, treats disease removing a yellow cube, and then retreats back to Mexico.

Why didn't I treat disease twice in LA? There is a chance of an epidemic card coming out, and placing her in Mexico stops cubes being placed in the three areas that have previously been infected. Just cube limitation really!

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Event - Forecast - Draw, Look at, and rearrange the top six cards of the infection deck. Put them back on top.
• Blue - Montreal

The Forecast event is a useful one, the difficulty is timing it just right. I could use it now, especially as there is a chance that Milan could outbreak this turn, but the other three cities containing 3 cubes are all in the discard pile, so it would be a waste using it at this point.

Another Blue card is handy, as that makes six cards, two apiece; it's just a matter of getting them in one place!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Red - Beijing
• Red - Osaka

The reds are starting to build up, but it shouldn't be too long before I can start dispersing them.

Round 3


Characters and cards for round 3.



Positions at the start of round 3.
Future Meeple - Still haven't noticed my mistake - Outbreak marker should be on 1!


Medic

First things first - Share knowledge with the researcher, taking Taipei to complete the  set of five red cards required to treat the disease. This gives the Medic eight cards, so he needs to discard one, and throws Washington into the discard pile.

Having only three actions left it isn't possible to reach the research station, and cure the disease this turn. So may as well make full use of the three actions - Move to Kinshasa and treat disease, removing 3 yellow cubes. Then move to Khartoum with the final action.

I could have gone to Khartoum after sharing knowledge with the Researcher, treated disease there, and then either moved to Kinshasa or to Cairo. I did consider the Cairo option, as this would have left me closer to the research station, but would have resulted in the researcher wasting moves to deal with Kinshasa. If  the Medic had finished in Kinshasa, then either the Researcher would have had to pass through to treat disease there, or the medic would have had to do it next turn, leaving him with not enough actions to discover a cure the following turn. I discarded Washington, as there were six blue cards between the characters, and kept the yellow card as we have only three of them.

Medic city draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Yellow - Johannesburg

Having seven cards already I discarded both St. Petersburg and Johannesburg. I did consider throwing Madrid instead of Johannesburg, as that would have given me four of each of the two colours in the hands, but decided not to. Time will tell if it was the right decision.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Red - Manila

Not to worried about Manila, but St. Petersburg is a concern - Milan is going to be one of the next five cards out by my reckoning, along with Chennai, Johannesburg, Bogota, and Mexico City, all of which have been infected previous to the last epidemic, but haven't been drawn again yet.

Researcher

The Researcher can't get to Milan and treat disease, unless she uses a direct flight to Cairo, discarding that card, and then moving through Istanbul to Milan. This would prevent an outbreak if Milan were to be drawn this turn, and is worth considering. She could also move to join the Quarantine Specialist in Mexico City, and have enough actions to share knowledge, giving her a blue card. It is the latter of these that she does - Sao Paulo - Bogota - Mexico City - Share knowledge, giving the Quarantine Specialist New York. The Specialist, now with eight cards, discards Tokyo.

This may appear to be the wrong thing to do but, having had only one outbreak so far, I'm happy to sacrifice another, especially as the Medic is in close proximity. The move I made gives the Quarantine Specialist 3 blue cards, plus on her turn she will share knowledge again, taking a fourth one from the Researcher. If the researcher is lucky enough to draw another blue this turn, then that will give me all five!

Researcher city draw

• Red - Bangkok
• Blue - Milan

The good news is another blue card - Milan. Bangkok will enable her to whip across the board next turn if needed, without getting rid of a useful card - The red disease should be cured by then.

Researcher infection draw

• Yellow - Bogota
• Blue - Milan

No cube is placed in Bogota as it is adjoined to Mexico City, where the Quarantine Specialist is. However, Milan inevitably causes an outbreak - the outbreak marker is moved to 2, and blue cubes are placed in Essen, Paris, and Istanbul.

Future Meeple - At last I finally noticed that the outbreak marker hadn't moved on and placed it straight on two... Well done me!

Quarantine Specialist

She shares knowledge twice with the Researcher, receiving Chicago and Milan. She has to discard two cards due to hand limit; Osaka is one, an obvious choice, but unfortunately the other has to be a yellow card, which is going to be LA. She now has two actions left, and as there isn't anywhere else she can get to that would prove useful, she moves to the research station at Atlanta.

She now has five blue cards - enough to cure the disease. It was a shame to discard a yellow, but it was either that or the event card, and that will be needed when the next epidemic comes out. I was happy to move away from Mexico now that both LA and Bogota have been drawn, it doesn't cause any issues if Mexico comes out on the draw.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Yellow - Miami
• Event - Resilient Population - Remove any 1 card in the infection discard pile from the game.

As she already has seven cards Miami gets discarded straight away. The event on the other hand can be used as it's discarded (had to double check that on BGG, but yes it can). So, looking through the infection discard pile, I decide to remove Shanghai from the game.

I remove Shanghai because a) it has 3 cubes on it, b) it infects 5 other cities if it outbreaks, more than any of the others in a similar position, and c) the Medic can't get there next go, so it would be on the researcher to get there needed.

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Yellow - Mexico City
• Black - Chennai

Not worried about Mexico, having reduced the number of yellow cubes on the board, but Chennai is now on 3 so will need to keep an eye on that area of the board.

Round 4





I've had a total of nine turns, which means eighteen cards have been drawn, it has to be an epidemic next go... If my maths is correct!

Medic

Okay, the Medic first treats disease in Khartoum, removing the 3 yellow cubes. Then moves to Baghdad, via Cairo. As there is a research station here, he discovers a cure with his last action, discarding the five red cards from his hand - One down!

I did look over the possibilities of treating a greater number of diseases, but the most I could do was one city with 3 cubes on it, which is what I did anyway. I could have removed a few individual cubes instead of moving to discover a cure, but lets face it, the aim of the game is to discover all the cures!

Medic city draw

• Epidemic - The infection marker is moved along one, which fortunately is still a 2; Kolkata is drawn from the bottom of the infection deck and 3 black cubes placed there. The infection discard pile is shuffled and placed back on top of the draw pile.
• Yellow - Khartoum

Having 3 cubes on Kolkata isn't great as it's connected to Chennai, also on 3.

It's now time for the Quarantine Specialist to play her Forecast Event - Drawing and looking at the top 6 cards of the infection deck. I put them in them in the order that I want them to come out in.

• Yellow - Khartoum (0 cubes)
• Yellow - Kinshasa (0 cubes)
• Yellow - Bogota (1 cube)
• Yellow - Mexico City (1 cube)
• Blue - Milan (3 cubes)
• Black - Chennai (3 cubes)

This gives me two more turns after the Medic has made his infection draw, to clear cubes from Milan and Chennai, difficult to do both, but maybe not impossible!

Medic infection draw

• Yellow - Khartoum
• Yellow - Kinshasa

There are going to be a lot of yellow cubes scattered around the board, so I will need to keep an eye on how many are left in the pot!

Researcher

The Researcher has no cards useful to the others at the moment, but she does hold Bangkok, which is a godsend - This will enable her to get across the board and clear out the troublesome black cubes.

First she treats disease in Mexico City, removing the 1 cube there. Then she takes a direct flight to Bangkok, discarding that card. She moves from Bangkok to Chennai, treating disease to reduce it down to 2 cubes.

I could have neglected Mexico to treat disease twice in Chennai, but I know that Mexico City is coming out next draw, so I determined it would be better to leave fewer cubes in that area.

Researcher city draw

• Black - Istanbul
• Red - Seoul

She now holds three black cards, which is good, and Seoul, which could be used to get her over to Shanghai and treat disease there.

Researcher infection draw

• Yellow - Bogota
• Yellow - Mexico City

No major dramas there, other than using up yellow cubes - but still plenty in the pot at the moment.

Quarantine Specialist

I know that Milan is going to come out of the infection deck this turn. Unless I draw an epidemic that is. So I need to protect it, which the Quarantine Specialist can do. So, first she discovers a cure for blue as she's at the Atlanta research station. Then she takes a shuttle flight to the other research station in Baghdad. From there she move to Istanbul, and then to Milan. Job done!

This is the Quarantine Specialist at her best - when you need to stop an outbreak, but don't have enough actions to remove cubes. She basically provides you with a free action - in this case I discovered a cure for blue - which if using another character, I wouldn't have been able to do as I would have had to treat disease in Milan.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Epidemic! - Increase the infection rate marker (now on 3); Sao Paulo (yellow) is drawn from the bottom of the deck, and has 3 cubes placed upon it; shuffle the discard pile and place it back on top.
• Black - Moscow

Ouch! Anything but another yellow! Sao Paulo is connected to Bogota, on 2 cubes, if that is drawn first then there will be the potential for multiple outbreaks. Nothing I can do now but watch what comes out of the draw.

This highlights exactly what Pandemic is all about, juggling! There are many ways to lose the game - too many outbreaks, running out of city cards, running out of cubes - you have to keep an eye on everything. And then, when you get a scattering of cities, all on 3 cubes, which are too far apart from each other to deal with easily - it really becomes a challenge!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw (now increased to three cards)

• Yellow - Khartoum
• Yellow - Mexico City
• Yellow - Sao Paulo - Outbreak - Move the outbreak marker to 3 and place a cube in Buenos Aires, Bogota, Lagos, and Madrid.

It's not making things easy for me; that's 5 cities on 3 cubes, and only 5 yellow cubes remaining - best get some mopping up done!

Round 5





Medic

I need to regain some yellow cubes; I also know that Bogota is still in the infection deck, so I'd like to clear that if I can. So, The Medic takes a shuttle to Atlanta, then moves to Miami, and finally to Bogota. With his last action he treats disease removing the 3 yellow cubes.

I could have treated disease in Cairo and Khartoum, also removing a total of 3 yellow cubes, but Bogota is joined to Sao Paulo, also on 3 cubes. So an outbreak in Bogota would also have caused an outbreak in Sao Paulo. The Quarantine Specialist has Milan covered, which only leaves Shanghai and Kolkata as an issue at the moment. And, as I almost forgot, Shanghai has been removed from the deck with an event card.

Medic city draw

• Red - Ho Chi Minh City
• Black - Riyadh

The red card is handy if the Medic needs to dash across the board. I now have a total of five black cards spread across all the characters, it's just a case of getting them together, easier said than done at the moment. If it was the last disease to cure then it would be worth the gamble just going for it, but as there are two left, I need a little more caution.

Medic infection draw

• Yellow - Kinshasa
• Yellow - Bogota
• Blue - Milan

What's with all the yellow cards coming out one after the other? I was lucky to have cleared Bogota, and the Quarantine Specialist prevents a cube going onto Milan and causing an outbreak.

Researcher

I would like to try and get the black cards of the other two characters, but it isn't going to be easy. I think it would be better to thin down Kolkata and Shanghai first, and see what cards get drawn this time around. So, she moves to Kolkata and treats disease three times, removing all 3 cubes.

I could have just treated disease once and then moved on to finish in Shanghai, but I wouldn't have had enough actions to treat disease there, and the cube state of Shanghai would remain the same. So, better to do something useful with the turn by removing the 3 cubes from Kolkata. Of course, Shanghai only becomes a problem if Beijing gets drawn, and then an epidemic occurs, and Beijing coming out again - I think the odds are on my side.

Researcher city draw

• Red - Manila
• Black - Kolkata

That's four black cards in her hand, just one more to get.

Researcher infection draw

• Black - Chennai
• Yellow - Los Angeles
• Black - Moscow

That puts all three of those countries on 3 cubes, but at least they're in the discard pile... at the moment!

Quarantine Specialist

First off she treats disease in Milan, and as we have a cure, she removes all 3 cubes there. She then moves via Istanbul to Moscow, and uses her last action to treat disease, removing 1 black cube.

I could have concentrated on trying to eradicate the blue disease, but that would be a mistake. The object of the game is to cure, not eradicate the diseases, and first time players often fall foul of this. By moving to Moscow she not only prevents the possibility of an outbreak there, but is also in a position to share knowledge with the researcher next turn, giving her Moscow.

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Yellow- Santiago
• Blue - Atlanta

Good, I need all the yellow cards I can get my hands on!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Black - Baghdad
• Red - Beijing
• Red - Osaka

Damn. Once again this puts all three countries onto 3 cubes, and Beijing is right next to Shanghai, which is also on 3 but was removed from the game earlier, so isn't in the infection deck!

Round 6





Medic

With The yellow disease running rampant, I think it's best to keep the Medic mopping up yellow cubes. He moves to Mexico and treats disease, removing 2 cubes, then on to LA and treats again, this time removing 3 cubes. (Reminder - this is the medic's special ability to remove all cubes of one colour when treating disease.)

I would much prefer to have the Medic dealing with the red trouble spots, as he only has to move through them to remove the cubes as the disease has been cured. So with that in mind I am moving him towards San Francisco, so he can cross to Manila or Tokyo next turn.

Medic city draw

• Yellow - Sao Paulo
• Yellow - Lima

Excellent, the Medic now has four yellow cards, just one more required. The Quarantine Specialist has two and can get to the Medic next go. So, maybe things are looking up... Let's see what the infection draw brings.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - St. Petersburg
• Red - Manila
• Black - Kolkata

A good draw. No cube goes on St. Petersburg as it's connected to Moscow where the Quarantine Specialist is. Manila is now on 3 cubes, but the Medic is in reach next turn (if we get that far!). Kolkata isn't an issue with its one cube.

Researcher

Takes three actions to move to Moscow, and the last one to share knowledge with the Quarantine Specialist, receiving Moscow.

An obvious move for the Quarantine Specialist, as she is now in a position to cure the black disease next turn.

Researcher city draw

• Event - Airlift - Move any 1 pawn to any city. (As she has eight cards she discards Manila)
• Yellow - Kinshasa

As she is once again on eight cards, instead of discarding a city cards she plays the event card - Airlift - moving the Medic to Bogota.

Moving the Medic to Bogota sets up a win in three more turns as the Quarantine Specialist can move to Santiago by using a direct flight, and then to Bogota and share knowledge. I just need a good couple of infection draws.

Researcher infection draw

• Yellow - Santiago
• Red - Taipei
• Blue - Essen

None of these are of immediate concern, I've been lucky this go!

Quarantine Specialist

I'm now going for broke, I have the possibility of curing the two remaining disease in the next few turns. It's a gamble, as an epidemic is due to come out in the next 6 cards - if I've counted it out correctly that is, but I can take five outbreaks before losing the game that way, so I think it's worth the risk.

She discards Santiago to take a direct flight there. Then to Lima and onto Bogota, that's 3 actions all together. Her last action is spent sharing knowledge with the Medic, giving him Bogota. The Medic discards Madrid as he has eight cards.

This move at least leaves the Quarantine Specialist protecting Sao Paulo, as it's connected to Bogota. Next move will see the Medic cure the Yellow disease... hopefully!

Quarantine Specialist city draw

• Black - Karachi
• Blue - Essen

Relief, no epidemic, lets hope I can go one more turn without seeing one!

Quarantine Specialist infection draw

• Blue - London
• Black - Algiers
• Blue - Chicago

I know I'm pretty safe on the infection draws at the moment - I'm drawing cards that have not been out before, so they shouldn't have many, if any, cubes on them.

Round 7





Medic

The Medic moves to Miami and on to Atlanta, where he discards the five yellow cards to discover the cure. With his last action he discards Ho Chi Minh City to take a direct flight there.

One more disease to cure, and hopefully I should be able to do that next turn. It would take something disastrous to lose the game now. I still took the opportunity to move the Medic to a red country, though it shouldn't be needed. Even if an epidemic comes up this turn, it is highly unlikely to cause five outbreaks or use up all of one colours cubes, so it looks as if the win is in the bag... Oh dear, I've gone and said it now!!!

Medic city draw

• Yellow - Lagos
• Black - Delhi

I've been really fortunate over this epidemic period - it appears that it must have been on the bottom of its deck when they were placed on top of one another at the start, as I work out that there is only 11 cards left.

Medic infection draw

• Blue - Paris
• Red - Ho Chi Minh City
• Black - Mumbai

Hurrah, nothing to worry about there, let's get on with the next turn!

Researcher

Holding five black cards she makes her way to the research station in Baghdad, which takes two actions. She then discovers a cure for the black disease and we win the game - panic over, the world has been saved!

The End

I took a look at the remainder of the city deck - the next two cards were both epidemics, it looks like I won just in the nick of time.

Well, that's my first play-through over and it's taken a lot longer than I expected, probably because I was doing it in small intervals rather than taking the time to do play it in one sitting. Next time, if there is a next time, I'll attempt to do it in one go.

With a bit of though, keeping an eye on what's in the infection discard pile, and an awareness of when the epidemics are going to come out, it should be possible to beat the game more often than not. It does make it slightly harder not dealing the player deck out evenly at the start, when you place the epidemics into it, but the one in every ten is usually not far off however you do it.

Of course, you can then move on to the harder game and include all six epidemics!

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts launches its 2018-2019 Chamber Series with the acclaimed Escher String Quartet on November 1, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in Samueli Theater. Since its founding in 2005, the quartet has quickly garnered the reputation as one of the finest young string ensembles performing today. Their instrumental interplay, which combines technical precision with warmth and vitality, has reaped accolades nationally and abroad, and elicited invitations from Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman to be the quartet-in-residence at their respective summer festivals. In a review, The Strad wrote, "...a level of individual technical precision and a collective musical purpose that is endlessly compelling ... Sheer brilliance." Quartet members include Adam Barnett-Hart and Danbi Um, violins; Pierre Lapointe, viola; and Brook Speltz, cello.

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PROGRAM NOTES
Mozart: Quartet in F Major, K. 590
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's (1756-1791) Quartet in F Major marks the third of the composer's "Prussian" quartets, so named because they were commissioned by the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II. The influence of Joseph Haydn can be seen in many of Mozart's works. Here in particular, the quartet's structure follows certain guidelines laid down by Haydn and expanded by Mozart: four movements with contrasting tempi and styles. In the first movement, Mozart creates a charming texture from an interrelated pattern of unison arpeggios and scales, before ending with a witty surprise as the music quietly vanishes. The second movement is reminiscent of siciliana, a dance form which is often pastoral and bittersweet. An unsettled quality comes in the third movement with long oscillating lines shifting harmonically, occasionally to the point of dissonance. The final movement is fun-loving and virtuosic with each instrument given a chance to burst out with a solo.

Britten: Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) originally received a commission from American patroness Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge to compose the String Quartet No. 1 in 1941. The finished quartet was first performed in Los Angeles in September of that year, earning the composer the Library of Congress Coolidge Medal for Eminent Services to Chamber Music. This quartet is remarkable for the sound-world Britten creates, the structure of its movements, the way themes reappear in different guises, and for its unexpected key relationships. The unusual sound-world is evident from the first instant of the beginning movement where the two violins and viola-set very high in their range-play a pulsing pattern. The trills and whistling runs of the second movement culminate in a violent end, with the third movement bringing a world of calm. Demanding virtuoso performers, the final movement is relentless, racing to its resounding close on a D-major chord.

Dvo?ák: Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 "American"
In the summer of 1893 Antonín Dvo?ák (1841-1904) took his family to Spillville, Iowa, for a vacation. It was there that he sketched the "American" quartet, a piece that would become the composer's most well-known chamber music composition. In this work, Dvo?ák combines elements of many cultures: Slavonic intonations, music of American Indians and African-Americans. A shimmering halo of sound opens the work and serves as the foundation for the viola's presentation of the folk-like main subject. The second movement, distinguished by the lyrical beauty of its melodic line is both calm and melancholy. The vivacious third movement is built from two contrasting strains of music: one lively and dance-like, the other more lyrical and mysterious. In a spirit of joyous optimism, the finale recalls the main theme.


BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), where it has presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle as well as being one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven's string quartets. Last season, the quartet toured with CMS to China.

Within months of its inception in 2005, the ensemble came to the attention of key musical figures worldwide. Championed by the Emerson Quartet, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet-in-Residence at each artist's summer festival: the Young Artists Program at Canada's National Arts Centre and the Perlman Chamber Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. The quartet has since collaborated with artists including David Finckel, Leon Fleischer, Wu Han, Lynn Harrell, Cho Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Paul Watkins and David Shifrin, as well as jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, vocalist Kurt Elling, legendary Latin artist Paquito D'Rivera and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux. In 2013, the quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

The Escher Quartet has made a distinctive impression throughout Europe, performing at venues such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, London's Kings Place, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, Auditorium du Louvre and Les Grand Interprètes series in Geneva. With a strong collaborative approach, the group has appeared at festivals such as Heidelberg Spring Festival, Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival, Dublin's Great Music in Irish Houses, Risør Chamber Music Festival in Norway, Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival and Perth International Arts Festival in Australia.

The current season sees another extensive European tour, including debuts at Musik und Kunstfreunde Heidelberg, de Singel Antwerp, Budapest's kamara.hu festival and Bath Mozarfest. Alongside its growing success in Europe, the Escher Quartet continues to flourish in its home country, performing at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Chamber Music San Francisco, and the Ravinia, Caramoor and Music@Menlo festivals.

Currently Quartet-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Tuesday Musical Association in Akron, the quartet fervently supports the education of young musicians and has given masterclasses at institutions such as the Royal Academy of Music in London and Campos do Jordão Music Festival in Brazil.

In Autumn 2016, the quartet released the third and final volume of the complete Mendelssohn Quartets on the BIS label. The set has been received with the highest critical acclaim; Volume II was listed in the Top 10 CDs of 2016 by The Guardian and hailed for its "sheer finesse" by Gramophone, while Volume III was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award. The quartet has also recorded the complete Zemlinsky String Quartets in two volumes, released on the Naxos label in 2013 and 2014 respectively, to accolades including five stars in The Guardian with "Classical CD of the Year", a Recommendation in The Strad, "Recording of the Month" on MusicWeb International and a nomination for a BBC Music Magazine Award.

The Escher Quartet takes its name from the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher's method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is an acclaimed arts institution as well as a beautiful multi-disciplinary cultural campus. It is committed to supporting artistic excellence, offering unsurpassed experiences and to engaging the entire community in new and exciting ways through the unique power of live performance and a diverse array of inspiring arts-based education and community engagement programs. Previously called the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Center is Orange County's largest non-profit arts organization. In addition to its six performance venues, Segerstrom Center is also home to the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School.

The Center presents a broad range of programming for audiences of all ages, including international ballet and dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, jazz and cabaret, contemporary artists, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances open to the public from outdoor movie screenings to dancing on the plaza and many other special events.

Segerstrom Center is a leader among the nation's performing arts centers for providing education programs designed to inspire young people through the arts. The Center's programs reach hundreds of thousands of students each year in five Southern California counties. Community engagement programs developed through the Center for Dance and Innovation and Center Without Boundaries also connect the Center more comprehensively with Orange County's many diverse communities. The CDI supports flagship artistic programming and a wide range of projects that celebrate innovation, nurture creativity and engage audiences of the future. It is home to the ABT Gillespie School and the School of Dance and Music for Children with Disabilities. The Center Without Boundaries develops partnerships with non-cultural organizations to help them in their own efforts to respond to the ever-changing needs of the community.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is also proud to serve as the artistic home to three of the region's major performing arts organizations: Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale, who contribute greatly to the artistic life of the region with annual seasons performed at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
In addition to Segerstrom Center for the Arts as a presenting and producing institution, it also identifies the beautiful 14-acre campus that embraces the Center's own facilities as well as two independently acclaimed organizations: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory and a site designated as the future home of the Orange County Museum of Art.


ESCHER STRING QUARTET
Segerstrom Center for the Arts - Samueli Theater
615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:00pm

Program:
Mozart: Quartet in F Major, K.590
Britten: Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25
Dvo?ák: Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 "American"


Tickets - Start at $39
In person - The Box Office
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily
Online - SCFTA.org
Phone - (714) 556-2787
Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily
Group Sales - (714) 755-0236
Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

Segerstrom Center's 2018-2019 Chamber Music Series continues with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (January 22, 2019), Takács Quartet (February 28, 2019), Fauré Quartett (March 19, 2019), Third Coast Percussion (April 5, 2019), and Emerson String Quartet - Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy (May 14, 2019).

Information provided is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change. Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a public, non-profit organization. "Segerstrom Center for the Arts" is a registered trademark.


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LONDON — Global stock markets fell Monday as investors responded to the weekend decision from the Chinese monetary authorities to reduce the amount of capital that banks are required to hold, a move that stoked concerns that the world's number 2 economy is struggling in the face of the tariff dispute with the U.S.

KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX was down 0.9 percent at 12,000 while the CAC 40 in France fell 0.9 percent, too, to 5,310. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.6 percent lower at 7,272. U.S. stocks were poised to open lower too with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures down 0.3 percent. Trading on Wall Street is expected to be light as the federal government, bond markets and much of the country observe Columbus Day. However, light liquidity levels have the potential to accentuate moves one way or the other.

CHINA RATE CUT: Beijing injected money into its cooling economy by reducing the level of reserves banks are required to hold. Economists say that should free up some 1.2 trillion yuan ($175 billion) for lending. The central bank told banks to lend more to entrepreneurs. Chinese leaders are trying to shore up economic growth that began to cool after Beijing tightened lending controls last year to rein in a debt boom. A tariff fight with U.S. President Donald Trump has added to downward pressure on growth. After a weeklong holiday, the Shanghai Composite ended its first day back almost 4 percent lower.

ANALYST TAKE: This drives the idea that further retaliatory measures against U.S. trade tariffs will follow," said James Hughes, chief market analyst at AxiTrader.

US RATES: Also weighing on stocks is the growing expectation that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates even further than markets currently expect. The shift in expectations has come after further solid jobs data reduced the U.S. unemployment rate to a near 40-year low of 3.7 percent and comments from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell that the level of U.S. interest rates are a "long way" from holding back economic growth.

ASIA'S DAY: The Shanghai Composite Index tumbled 3.7 percent to 2,716.51 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng retreated 1.4 percent to 26,201.08. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 lost 1.4 percent to 6,100.30 and Seoul's Kospi was off 0.6 percent at 2,253.83. India's Sensex declined 0.3 percent to 34,267.77. Jakarta gained while New Zealand, Taiwan and Singapore retreated.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude tumbled $1.01 to $73.33 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange while Brent crude, used to price international oils, dropped $1.16 to $83.

CURRENCY: The euro dropped 0.4 percent to $1.1478 while the dollar declined 0.3 percent to 113.36 yen.

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Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/09/2018 -- Quartz is a mineral found in the earth's surface. It is the second most abandoned material present in the Earth's continental crust. Quartz fiber is low-density, high-strength fiber, which possesses qualities such as high temperature resistance, high elongation, high dielectric strength, and almost zero coefficient of expansion (CTE). These qualities make it a preferred choice of material for applications where high temperatures are involved and durability is the priority. These fibers are made by extruding pure silica through a stream of hot air. Quartz fibers are used in aircraft radomes, electromagnetic windows, fireproof cables, blankets for firewalls, and aircraft fuselage fire barriers.

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Increase in demand for quartz fibers in the aerospace & defense industry and extensive use of these fibers in making filters for air purifiers are factors expected to boost the quartz fiber market in the near future. This is prompting companies to increase the production of quartz fiber. Additionally, easy availability of raw materials is anticipated to augment the demand for quartz fiber in the next few years.

The global quartz fiber market is witnessing technological advancements. Companies are constantly striving to develop new and better quartz fibers. Development of new manufacturing process of quartz fiber and applications is estimated to propel the quartz fiber market. However, implementation of stringent environmental regulations and volatility in prices of raw materials are projected to adversely affect market growth.

Based on product, the quartz fiber market can be classified into yarns, rovings, felts, sewing thread, and others. Yarns is the commonly used product; it is extensively employed in manufacture of aircraft radomes.

Quartz fiber is used in a wide range of applications due to its excellent physical & chemical properties. Based on application, the market can be segmented into textile, aerospace & defense, electronic & semiconductors, chemicals, healthcare, and others. The aerospace & defense segment accounted for significant share of the quartz fiber in 2016 owing to the high demand for these fibers in civil aircraft radomes across the globe.

In terms of geography, the quartz fiber market can be divided into North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East & Africa. North America is anticipated to constitute key share of the market during the forecast period. Asia Pacific is estimated to be a rapidly growing region of the quartz fiber market, owing to the increase in demand from the automotive industry in the region. Middle East & Africa is also likely to be an attractive region of the quartz fiber market during the forecast period due to the rise in demand from the packaging industry in the region.

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Prominent players operating in the global quartz fiber market include Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc., JPS Industries Inc., Hong Kong Datang Industrial Trade Co., Ltd, and Hubei Feilihua Quartz Glass Co., Ltd.

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Secretary for Education,Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said the future development of Chinese language around the globe will be based on Putonghua. The controversial comments sparks criticisim.

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香港教育局局長楊潤雄發表言論,指世界將來的中文發展以普通話為主,惹起不少迴響,請聽張慕澄報導。


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Last month, Patrick Ho, a former Hong Kong official fighting foreign bribery charges in New York, thought he had finally received a break. In a dramatic move in the high-profile bribery case, prosecutors on Sept. 14 dropped all criminal charges against Cheikh Gadio, a former Senegalese foreign minister they had accused of helping Ho bribe African officials. Arguing that the government's move undermined its case against Ho, Ho's lawyers urged a federal judge in New York to release their client from a federal jail.  But the presiding judge, Loretta Preska, wasn't buying it. She dismissed the motion, Ho's fifth unsuccessful request for bail. And prosecutors said Gadio has agreed to cooperate, expressing confidence that his testimony against Ho will strengthen their case.  "(Far) from weakening the case, Gadio's testimony will provide substantial evidence of the defendant's guilt," prosecutors wrote in a court filing.  Left largely unnoticed in the U.S., the corruption case against Ho has sent shockwaves across Asia, putting the spotlight on an open secret in global business circles — rampant bribery of foreign governments by Chinese companies seeking business deals around the world.     China has largely ignored the problem, according to China experts.  While the government of President Xi Jinping has launched a much-publicized domestic anticorruption campaign, experts say Chinese authorities have yet to bring a single foreign bribery case against a Chinese company or executive.   Ho has denied any wrongdoing.   Ho, 69, and Gadio, 62 were arrested in New York last November and charged as part of a conspiracy to bribe African officials on behalf of CEFC China Energy, a Shanghai-based energy conglomerate with ties to the country's military.  At the time, Ho headed China Energy Fund Committee, a Virginia and Hong Kong-based NGO funded by CEFC China Energy, while Gadio ran a business consulting firm when he was a member of Senegal's parliament.  In one of two bribery schemes, prosecutors alleged that Ho and Gadio met on the sidelines of the United Nations in late 2014 to engage in a conspiracy to pay a $2 million cash bribe to Idriss Deby, the president of Chad.The payment was offered in exchange for helping CEFC Energy's entry into Chad's rich energy sector, according to prosecutors.  Gadio allegedly introduced Ho to Deby and served as a middleman during discussions between the Chinese executives and Chadian officials. The complaint did not make clear whether any payment was made to Deby, but it did say that Gadio received $400,000 for his services.  In the second scheme, Ho allegedly paid a bribe of $500,000 to Sam Kutesa, the Ugandan foreign minister, in 2016 in exchange for Kutesa's help in helping CEFC Energy gain business contracts in Uganda's financial and energy sectors, according to the criminal complaint.The bribe was paid after Kutesa finished his one-year term as president of the U.N. General Assembly and returned to Uganda.  While the charges against Gadio were never presented to a grand jury, Ho was indicted on multiple counts of foreign bribery and money laundering.  Ho pleaded not guilty.   Timothy Belevetz, a former federal prosecutor now a partner at the Holland & Knight law firm, said bribery cases under the foreign bribery law known as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act rarely go to trial. "This is an opportunity for law to be made," Belevetz said.  FCPA was passed in 1977 in response to disclosures that U.S. companies were bribing foreign officials to secure business deals. The law has since been amended, giving the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission broad jurisdiction over foreign companies that have subsidiaries in the United States or trade on U.S. stock exchanges.  In recent years, the Justice Department, working with international law enforcement agencies, has brought a growing number of corruption cases against foreign companies and executives paying bribes to foreign government officials. While the Justice Department has previously charged U.S. and European companies with paying bribes to Chinese officials, never before has it tried the representative of a Chinese company on charges of bribing foreign officials in exchange for business contracts. At the heart of the Ho bribery case is the question of whether any payment promised or made to the African officials was a bribe, as prosecutors call it, or a charitable donation, as defense lawyers put it.  As Ho's Nov. 5 trial approaches, prosecutors have revealed how Gadio's testimony, as well as evidence of Ho's business dealings with Iran and alleged arms sales to African nations, will help their case at trial. In a recent court filing, prosecutors wrote that Gadio will testify that Ho handed $2 million in cash, hidden in a gift box, to Deby, and only after Deby "refused to accept this obvious bribe" did Ho draft a letter pledging $2 million to "charitable causes" in Chad.  Gadio will also tell a jury that Ho never asked him about the status of the donation, indicating Ho had no "interest in doing charitable works in Chad." "This expected testimony considerably strengthens the government's proof beyond the already-strong case reflected in the detailed Complaint," prosecutors wrote.  Prosecutors have also indicated in recent days that they intend to introduce evidence of Ho's involvement in other corrupt actions. In a court filing last week, prosecutors disclosed they have evidence that shows Ho had offered a bribe to John Ashe, a diplomat from Antigua and Barbuda who served as president of the U.N. General Assembly the year before Kutesa held the post. (Ashe was implicated in another corruption case involving a Chinese national but he died in 2016 before the case went to trial).  Prosecutors also plan to introduce evidence of Ho's interest in doing business with Iran while the country was under U.S. sanctions, and brokering arms sales to Libya and Qatar.  In an October 2014 email, one of several cited in court documents, Ho suggested that CEFC China serve as a "middleman" to help Iran access funds it kept in a Chinese bank under U.S. sanctions to pay a Hong Kong bank for precious metals. The complaint had hinted at Ho's willingness to help Chad procure weapons from China, but new government filings allege that Ho's interest in arms dealing extended beyond Chad.  In March 2015, according to an intercepted email, Ho asked an unidentified intermediary to send him a list of weapons and military equipment requested by Libya so that "we can execute that right away." A month later, Ho emailed the intermediary. "Qatar needs toys quite urgently. Their chief is coming to China, and we hope to give them a piece of good news." Prosecutors say they want to introduce the emails as background evidence "to show the development and nature of the relationship" between Ho and Gadio.  Belevetz said that as with other white-collar criminal cases, the case against Ho will turn more on documents such as emails and wire transfer records than testimonies of witnesses.  In white-collar cases, "you often have a paper trail that shows what was said," Belevetz said. Edward Kim, one of Ho's lead attorneys, declined to comment. Sean Hecker, Gadio's lawyer, said in a statement to VOA, "Dr. Gadio looks forward to continuing to cooperate with U.S. authorities before returning to Senegal to continue his service to the Senegalese people and the important pursuit of establishing peace and security across the Sahel Region."
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Oh man, you have to love those state owned enterprises. Good thing those don't exist in the the #2 economy in the world. Imagine what they could do to a bank, say perhaps in Hong Kong, Macau, or some local municipality that they happen to disagree with. Thankfully, there is no way something like this could happen in Europe at large. Cutting off access is just not an option in the EU, is it? Is it?
          Jinxin Fertility Completed A New Round of Financing Led by Warburg Pincus and CNCB (Hong Kong) Investment Limited      Cache   Translate Page      

To Achieve Quality Growth Amid the Highly Promising Assisted Reproductive Market

HONG KONG, Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- With a potential market size of more than RMB100 billion, assisted reproduction has become one of the fastest growing markets among the healthcare industry in China. The promising prospect has attracted a host of capital. Among them, Sichuan Jinxin Fertility Company Limited ("Jinxin Fertility") recently announced the completion of a major financing round, which was co-led by Warburg Pincus, an existing strategic shareholder, and CNCB (Hong Kong) Investment Limited, a new investor which operates as a subsidiary of China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited, and followed by Sequoia China and WuXi AppTec.The transaction indicates the rising market confidence in the investment value and prospects of the industry and the Company.

Notable market growth and favourable policies stimulate the enormous market potential

For a long time, the growth of the assisted reproductive market has been suppressed by long technical cumulative cycle, stringent policies and limited patient acceptance. In 2016, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PRC stated that China's licensed assisted reproductive institutions had completed 700,000 assisted reproductive operations annually while the number of infertile patients was over 40 million, indicating the severe inadequacy of supply. Following the adoption of the two-child policy, the current family planning restrictions in China is said to be further relaxed. Meanwhile, the rise of patient acceptance, coupled with the surging consumer demand, will undoubtedly release the potential of the assisted reproductive market.

Successful financing reflects market confidence and creates synergies for growth

Facilitated by the accelerating development of the assisted reproductive industry, the strategic cooperation of private assisted reproductive institutions and capital market are becoming more frequent. The involvement of sophisticated investors with rich experience and good reputation in this financing reflects their confidence in the company's corporate value, competitive advantages and great potential. Warburg Pincus is a leading global private equity firm with more than $45 billion in assets under management and successful experience and investment performance in the healthcare sector in China. The firm first invested in Jinxin Fertility in the second half of 2017. CNCB (Hong Kong) Investment Limited, as an overseas boutique investment bank under China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited, actively promotes investment banking licenses and self-owned funds for investment and financing in Hong Kong, while vigorously launches domestic and overseas private equity investment fund management business. Warburg Pincus and CNCB (Hong Kong) Investment Limited have become the second-largest and third-largest shareholder of Jinxin Fertility upon the completion of the transaction, which undoubtedly brings synergies to Jinxin Fertility's business, promote its development in overseas markets and enhance the strategic globalization layout.

"China's assisted reproductive market is expected to maintain strong growth as demand for quality assisted reproduction services continues to rise. With its market leading position and competitiveness, Jinxin Fertility will surely seize the opportunities to achieve sustainable growth," said the representative of Jinxin Fertility. "We are very honored to partner with the top investment institutions. In addition to proving the market's trust in the company, the investment also proves our determination to improve our core competitiveness, further expand our business, pave the way for internationalization and enhance our market share. We firmly believe that introducing strong shareholders will lay the groundwork for the sustainable growth of Jinxin Fertility."

Mr. Min Fang, Partner of Warburg Pincus, commented, "We are delighted to increase our shareholding in Jinxin Fertility by leading the round of financing. The population growth and the transformation of social and economic development in China will continue to promote rapid growth of the healthcare sector. Warburg Pincus is very confident in the outlook of the assisted reproductive industry and Jinxin Fertility. Leverage our resources and experience in the domestic and international healthcare sector, Warburg Pincus will assist Jinxin Fertility to constantly expand its leading position in the domestic market and actively venture into overseas markets."

Representative of CNCB (Hong Kong) Investment Limited added, "As a leader in the assisted reproduction industry, Jinxin Fertility always remains at the forefront of international clinical skills and has continuously achieved breakthroughs in the professional field, with its operating performance and investment value constantly escalating. CNCB is glad to become a shareholder of Jinxin Fertility and will work closely with other shareholders to support the further development of the company by actively introducing various quality resources."

Jinxin Fertility leads the industry with its advantages and seizes the opportunity to achieve sustainable growth

Till now, Jinxin Fertility has had 20 years of experience in assited reproduction in China and has been leading the industry in terms of number of in-vitro fertilization cycles performed and success rate. Moreover, the company has been serving the international market through its affiliates, the US-based HRC Fertility, which has had 30 years of history in the USA. According to the latest data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the fresh embryo transfer and frozen embryo transfer success rates of HRC are far higher than those of other competitors in the USA.

Due to factors such as imbalanced development and insufficient funds in the early stage of development, the flight of medical resources were more common among privately-owned institutions. Nevertheless, following the increasing market concentration, a group of outstanding private institutions have gradually formed their own talent echelon and doctor training mechanism. One such example is Jinxin Fertility, which has a team of authoritative experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology and top scientists in the field of embryonic in vitro manipulation. With world-class professional medical technology, rich clinical practice experience and internationally leading research ability and practical techniques, Jinxin Fertility has been at the international frontier of reproductive science and has won many international and domestic awards in this field. It has constantly created new technological breakthroughs in the field of profession and experimental operations.

With its outstanding competitive edges, Jinxin Fertility has become a rare privately-owned assisted reproductive institution in China that is able to compete with the best local public hospitals and even take a leading position in the field. Through multiple rounds of financing, Jinxin Fertility has attracted many well-known domestic and foreign investors including Warburg Pincus since 2016. Based on its top specialist team, Jinxin Fertility has set up international top standard hospital environment and equipment to provide professional medical services for patients with best in class service levels.

Looking into the future, while China's assisted reproductive market is unleashing its enormous market value, Jinxin Fertility will continue to optimize its shareholding structure by working closely with international investment institutions. At the same time, with the experience, resources and expertise of its partners, the synergies arise from the cooperation of medical and capital fields will be expanded, and is expected to create longer-term value for shareholders and lay a solid foundation for Jinxin Fertility's sustainable and healthy development in the future.

About Sichuan Jinxin Fertility Company Limited

Sichuan Jinxin Fertility Company Limited, an international professional services organization in the field of assisted reproductive technology, is committed to building a multidisciplinary and cross-regional reproductive health service system with advanced Gynecology and Obstetrics technology. Its subsidiaries include Chengdu Xinan, Shenzhen Zhongshan and US-based HRC, which are three assisted reproductive technology centers. The Company has had 20 years of experience in assisted reproductive technology in China. It was the first medical institution to be licensed by the Ministry of Health to offer human assisted reproductive services in Sichuan Province and the first assisted reproductive centre established in Shenzhen. Jinxin Fertility is ranked high in China in terms of the number of IVF cycles performed and clinical pregnancy rates. HRC, with 30 years of history in the United States, is the largest assisted reproductive centre on the west coast of the U.S. with the largest number of IVF cycles performed. Being at the forefront of assisted reproductive technology applications, HRC was the first reproductive centre to complete intracytoplasmic sperm injection in the U.S. west coast and to complete the first preimplantation genetic diagnosis in the U.S.


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El día 9 de octubra ha llegado y ya están entre nosotros los nuevos terminales de Google: Pixel 3 y Pixel 3 XL. Sorpresas ha habido pocas, puesto que en las últimas semanas se han filtrado casi todas las carcterísticas (incluso una tienda de Hong Kong puso a la venta el modelo XL el pasado sábado).

Pese a toda la información que había, los Google Pixel 3 y Pixel 3 XL no han dejado indiferente a nadie. El modelo estándar nace como un buque insignia compacto, mientras que la versión XL llega para suceder al Pixel 2 XL, un móvil que ha destacado este año por su excelente cámara. Veamos una a una las claves de los nuevos terminales de Google.

Un diseño sin grandes cambios

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Como era de esperar, los nuevos Pixel 3 no presentan grandes cambios a nivel de diseño respecto a sus antecesores (a pesar de que no es uno de los puntos fuertes de los modelos de Google). Son resistentes al agua y al polvo (IP68), y tienen unas dimensiones generales bastante similares a las de los Pixel 2.

Además, tal y como confirmó la propia compañía hace unos días en un vídeo promocional, los Pixel 3 mantienen la función Active Edge, es decir, el gesto de apretar el dispositivo para activar el Asistente de Google, que ya vimos en los Pixel 2.

Los Pixel 3 no presentan grandes cambios a nivel de diseño respecto a sus antecesores, a pesar de que no es uno de los puntos fuertes de los teléfonos de Google

En la parte trasera repiten la combinación de cristal y de aluminio pulido, pero en los Pixel 3 la franja tiene una pequeña inclinación en los bordes, al contrario que en los Pixel 2, donde era recta por completo. Sí que cambian los colores, como ya sabíamos, y los nuevos modelos llegan en blanco, negro y rosa (se pierde la combinación blanco/negro). Además, en el modelo blanco, el botón ahora es verde (en lugar de naranja, como en los Pixel 2).

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Mismas conexiones, pero con carga inalámbrica

Los Pixel 3 mantienen el doble altavoz frontal, el lector de huellas trasero y el puerto USB-C, y prescinden de nuevo del jack de 3,5 mm, que ya desapareció en los Pixel 2. Vienen con un adaptador de USB-C a jack de 3,5 mm y unos auriculares USB-C.

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Sin embargo, Google ha decidido incorporar (y ya era hora) una característica muy demandada por los usuarios: la carga inalámbrica. De hecho, otro de los accesorios interesantes que han llegado con los Pixel 3 es el cargador inalámbrico llamado Pixel Stand, compatible con el estándar Qi y opcional, es decir, si lo quieres, tiene un precio de 79 euros.

Dos tamaños de pantalla, con y sin notch

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En el modelo estándar, hemos pasado de las 6 pulgadas del Pixel 2 XL a una pantalla OLED flexible de 5,5 pulgadas con formato 18:9, por lo que no tendremos notch. La resolución será FullHD+ (2.160x1.080 píxeles) con una densidad de 443ppp.

El Pixel 3 llega con una pantalla AMOLED de 5,5", mientras que el modelo XL apuesta por un panel P-OLED de 6,4" con un generoso notch

El Pixel 3 XL, por su parte, crece hasta las 6,4 pulgadas con un panel P-OLED con resolución QHD+ (2.960x1.440 píxeles), una densidad de 523ppp y formato 18,5:9, por lo que en este caso, sí que presenta un notch de un tamaño considerable en el que va ubicado la doble cámara frontal. Tanto la pantalla del Pixel 3 como la del modelo XL van protegidas con Gorilla Glass 5.

Procesador y memoria idénticos en los dos modelos

Como ya se había filtrado, tenemos el nuevo procesador Snapdragon 845 junto a una GPU Adreno 630 y 4GB de memoria RAM en los dos terminales. También comparten las dos opciones de almacenamiento: 64 y 128 GB. Y como no podía ser de otra forma, vienen de serie con la última versión del sistema operativo de Google: Android 9 Pie.

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En cuanto a la autonomía, el Pixel 3 apuesta por una batería de 2.915 mAh (algo mayor que los 2.700 mAh de su antecesor), mientras que el modelo superior se va a los 3.450 mAh, una capacidad ligeramente inferior a la del Pixel 2 XL. Eso sí, en ambos casos, es compatible con la carga inalámbrica, como hemos dicho antes.

Seguimos con una sola cámara trasera

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No sabemos por qué Google sigue apostando por la cámara principal de una sola lente y, sin embargo, se atreve a poner la lente doble en la cámara frontal, pero lo cierto es que los Pixel 3 incluyen una única cámara trasera de 12,2 megapíxeles con un tamaño de 1.4µm y apertura f/1.8; en cuanto al vídeo, admiten grabación hasta 4K a 30fps.

Además, los Pixel 3 integran un chip Visual Core mejorado, el coprocesador que estrenaron los Pixel 2 y que ahora añade nuevas funciones de Inteligencia Artificial, como la herramienta Top Shots, que capta frames justo antes y después de disparar para que la IA elija la mejor foto, el Super Res Zoom o el modo nocturno Night Sight.

Los Pixel 3 incluyen el coprocesador Visual Core mejorado, que ahora añade nuevas funciones de Inteligencia Artificial

Es cierto que en sus antecesores este sistema ha dado unos resultados extraordinarios, pero teniendo en cuenta la tendencia a incorporar cada vez más lentes entre sus competidores, habrá que ver si esa única cámara trasera con Visual Core le sirve a los nuevos modelos para lograr las buenas críticas que obtuvieron los Pixel 2.

Ahora, con doble cámara frontal

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Aunque muchos esperaban que Google incorporara la doble lente en la cámara principal de sus nuevos terminales, los rumores y filtraciones se ocuparon pronto de desterrar esta idea. Los Pixel 3 traen un sistema de cámara dual, sí, pero lo llevan en la parte frontal (y más concretamente, al notch en el caso del Pixel 3 XL).

Esa doble cámara frontal, pensada tanto para los autorretratos como para el reconocimiento facial, ofrece una resolución de 8 megapíxeles y una apertura variable de f/1.8 y f/2.2. El objetivo de combinar ambas lentes (una de ellas gran angular) es, obviamente, tomar mejores selfies con el bokeh al que nos tienen acotumbrados últimamente todos los terminales de gama alta e incluso muchos de gama media.

La cámara frontal incluye dos lentes con una resolución de 8 megapíxeles y una apertura variable de f/1.8 y f/2.2

Google ha incorporado en esta cámara frontal algunas funciones tan interesantes como la posibilidad de hacer zoom en los selfies, de capturar autorretratos grupales y de aplicar un desenfoque selectivo en el modo Retrato, por citar unos ejemplos.

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最近發現,原來醫學界反對電子煙都可以被稱為「僞善」或與烟草商同流合污(注一)。因為學業繁重,恕我未能詳列反對電子煙合法化的理據,以下先列出數點抛磚引玉:

(一)為什麼不直接禁售傳統煙草 / 為什麼電子煙不能跟傳統煙草一視同仁地處理?

吸煙與大部分癌症和血管疾病都能扯上關係,是許多疾病的已知風險因素,醫學界當然希望全面禁止煙草發售,達至「tobacco endgame」。雖然在實施煙草稅和其他禁煙措施後,傳統煙民數量已經大幅下降,但是現時傳統煙民仍佔香港人口一成,我們只能希望數字繼續下降,到有朝一日我們可以完全禁售傳統煙草而不招致社會極大反彈。在幾十年前,因為醫學界對煙草瞭解不深而沒有反對煙草發售,這是我們已經犯下的錯誤;為了我們的下一代,我們不能承受再錯一次的後果。

(二)這麼努力反對電子煙,一定是為了保護政府的煙草稅收 / 保護傳統煙草商的利益?

這樣的指摘其實沒有邏輯道理,如果我們是為庫房著想,大可以建議政府直接向電子煙徵稅,所收稅項不是會倍增嗎?而且煙草商和電子煙商其實是互惠互利多於競爭關係,因為電子煙往往是年輕人嘗試傳統煙草的踏腳石,在外國(甚至香港)都引起煙草年輕化的趨勢。順帶一提,增加煙草稅與吸煙率成明顯反比,也是世界銀行建議的禁煙方案之一。在 2009 年香港大幅增加煙草稅,就令本地中學學生的吸煙率下跌 51%(注二)。

(三)電子煙能幫助傳統煙民戒煙,而且減少二手煙,利己利人?

首先,世界衛生組織已經在 2014 年的報告説明電子煙非但沒有煙草商描述到那麼健康,甚至内含多種傳統煙草沒有的物質,有些近年已經被發現是致癌物(注三)。電子煙面世不久,而且各個品牌的成分各有不同,本身已經難以進行科學實驗以判定其對人體的傷害,因此它們所引致的長期健康後果仍是未知之數。

第二,因為電子煙沒有傳統煙味,就誤以為其二手煙比傳統煙草的健康,正是大衆常見的誤解。其實,電子煙所發出的二手蒸氣看似無害,但其實内裏也含有不少致癌物,也會帶來二手煙的問題,對旁人同樣帶來不必要的傷害。另外,這句話也反映了醫學界擔心的另一點 — 電子煙所帶來虛假的安全感(false security)。病人轉吸電子煙就當自己已經脫離煙癮,其實只是轉換了傷害自己身體的媒介,而且自覺不再是要被提醒戒煙的對象。研究發現電子煙的出現,不但沒有幫助傳統煙民戒煙,甚至減低了他們戒煙的想法(注四)。

(四)禁止電子煙是政府權力過大的表現?

政府應該保護香港九成人口的健康,還是保護一成煙民的「自由」?立法規管危險藥物或軟性毒品,又是否政府權力過大?以下這句話可能在某些人看來冷酷無情,卻是公共衛生的範疇裏重要的考慮 — 每兩個煙民就有一個因為與吸煙有關的疾病死亡,對公共醫療系統的負擔甚重。研究發現,在 2011 年去世的市民當中,每六人就有一位死因跟一手或二手煙有關(注五),從源頭減少病人接觸這些疾病的風險因素,能大大減少不必要的醫療開支和病人人數。

電子煙猶如潘多拉的盒子,如果要我們輕視並將它們和傳統煙草一視同仁地處理,等如我們要重複一次當年讓商家引入傳統煙草的錯。將來我們要全面禁止傳統煙草和電子煙兩者出售,將會比現在更加困難。而且,電子煙針對的銷售對象是年輕人,讓它們非但沒有吸傳統煙草的「不道德」之感(demoralising effect),更覺得這是無傷大雅的潮流。為了我們的下一代和全面禁煙的目標著想,我們絕不能反其道而行,走回我們不能逆轉的回頭路。

 

注一:其實我想寫這個題目很久了。朋友傳來的這篇文章,正令我非常氣憤因而寫下此文
注二:HKU study provides first evidence that rise in tobacco tax curbs adolescent smoking
注三:世界衛生組織於 2014 年發佈的電子煙報告
注四:WHO: Electronic nicotine delivery systems
注五:Economic costs attributable to smoking in Hong Kong in 2011: a possible increase from 1998.

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首先強調,本文屬個人建議,本人是退休公務員,並不代表任何人、任何團體,沒有任何私人利益,所以絕對獨立。

一個解決香港土地供應的「終極方案」
An Ultimate Solution for Land Supply in Hong Kong

前言

1. 香港可供發展而又未發展的土地基本上全在新界,這些土地直至七零年代末期仍大部份用作農業用途,地契全屬「集體官契」(Block Crown Lease)。

2. 按地契,業主沒有發展權(注:牽涉建築物條例下的構建物)。這些農地絕大部份地勢平坦,粗略估算,面積大概有八千到一萬公頃。

3. 七零年代中期開始,政府在新界拓展新市鎮,除了大量填海外,就是以「官地收回條例」收回農地。新市鎮以外的農地,因為1983年一個法庭案例,地貌大變。時至今日,新界農地有一大部份被改作其他用途,環境受到很大的破壞; 更大部份被荒廢。據政府估計,現在只有不多於四百公頃是活耕地。

4. 另一方面,人口增加,住屋需求增加,應付經濟發展等原因,香港需要大量土地以供發展。究竟土地應從那裏來,是今日社會最熱議議題。政府委任的「土地供應專責小組」(下簡稱小組)提出多項建議增加土地供應,其中有幾項是針對新界農地的,已經進行公眾諮詢四個多月了。

小組公私營合作(PPP)建議

5. 小組的建議如下:

a. 新界有大量私人擁有農地閒置。

b. 原因是閒置土地缺乏基礎設施(基建)。

c. 小組建議政府提供基建作為誘因,誘使閒置土地業主發展住屋。

d. 條件是業主要把一定比例的(土地或房屋單位?)作公共房屋用途。

e. 這就是一個小組委員常掛在口邊的: 「政府出豉油,業主出雞」方法。

事實是什麼?

6. 眾所周知,新界面積大、有規模、屬於單一業權的農地,擁有者主要是香港幾大地産發展商。當然還有數以百計的小業主,但相信他們並不是 PPP 的對象; 或是說他們根本沒有條件跟政府做「伙伴」。

7. 過去二十多三十年,地産發展商在新界原農地改建為大型私人屋苑的過程告訴我們:

a. 這些大型私人屋苑所座落之農地,原本也完全沒有基建。

b. 只要農地面積夠大,要解決高密度發展所需之基建易如反掌,完全不是問題,而所需成本,相對整項發展所需成本,微不足道。

(事實上,要求發展商在規劃藍圖以外的發展(俗稱「野貓」式發展,Sporadic Development)要自行完全解決,以及自資興建,所需基建是國際慣例。以英國為例,除了規劃批准制度外,還有特别條例管制設施的提供 e.g. Section 52 Agreement(TCPA 1971),now Section 106 Agreement(TCPA 1990)。亦即是說,香港處理這類發展模式跟外國處理方法相似。) 

c. 在香港,這些發展有一特色,就是整項發展由規劃批准到完工時間很長(現在興建中的項目,很多是二十多年前「發屋癲」(即推行八萬五)時已獲規劃批准),這跟香港一般商人做事非常有效率的名聲背道而馳。主要原因是發展商「拖工」,相信是要配合公司的商業運作,包括售樓目標,業務規劃等,更不會讓供應充斥市場,影響節節上升的價格。其實這也是價格操控的技倆

d. 過往的例子告訴我們,這些地產商現在手上的所謂「閒置」農地,並非「閒置」,而是他們的「土地儲備」。暫時放在一旁也絕非因為沒有基建,或者沒有方法解決現時缺乏基建的問題。

e. 這些「土地儲備」對他們的公司業務、公司商業運作的短期、中期以至長期的持續發展都非常重要,因此也對其公司股價非常重要。

地產商面臨的挑戰

8. 地產商手上的新界農地,相信主要在上世紀 80 年代初期開始集結,而位置都是在當時已訂定的新市鎮邊界以。而政府直到現在為止,在新界發展住屋,主要還是集中在新市鎮

9. 在新市鎮,對於農地的處理,政府的政策是非常清晰的,也是非常一貫的(very consistent),就是以「官地收回條例」收回發展,對原業主以農地價格作出賠償(現金;Letter A(A 類換地權益書);Letter B 等制度,可在綱上查到)。在發展藍圖裏面的農地是完完全全的收回,以作土地平整,興建基建等,土地整理工程完成後,土地就依據規劃藍圖上規劃好的用途配置或出售。

10. 跟據「官地收回條例」,港督會同行政局(簡稱 ExCo,或今天的「行政會議」)決定強制收回土地就會被視為為了「公眾利益」;而條例亦容許收回的土地,可再被拍賣或以私人合約再批租。或許有人會問,收回私人土地,經處理後(一些)土地又拍賣作私人發展,莫非英國人不尊重私有産權?莫非港英政府不知收回私人農地用作發展所牽涉的業權問題嗎? 答案當然是: 非也! 政府當年的考慮,應該是若發展留給原農地業主,時間性會變得非常不確定,由於適時及全面落實規劃藍圖是回應社會需要,牽涉重大公衆利益,因此 Programming 及 Integrity of Plan 應比農地業權更重要,做法跟英國發展新市鎮時的做法是一樣的。

11. 其實政府這做法,在 1991 年曾遭法律挑戰。申訴人認為行政會議決定將私人土地,包括農地和屋地,收回之後又將土地拍賣作商住用途(法定大綱圖上指示用途),不應視為為「公眾利益」。當年高等法院判政府勝訴(Chan Lau Fong and Others vs AG)。

12. 因此,我們可以很肯定的說,地產商當年在新界新市鎮以集結農地是純粹的「炒賣行為」。因為若政府當年擴展新市鎮的邊界,到以外的地方,這些農地必被根據一貫政策強制收回無疑,地產商一定心知肚明。但由於種種原因,政府並沒有這樣做,就算 1996 年發表全港發展策略檢討報告,建議發展洪水橋、古洞、粉嶺北等新市鎮,這些建議也一直沒有進展。

13. 到 90 年代香港「發屋癲」,造就機會讓地產商建議在其手上農地上大規模發展高密度住宅。既然他們能完全解決基建等問題,又獲城規會批准,政府作為土地大業主,也樂於為這些發展更新地契(正確的叫「原址換地」 In Situ Land Exchange)。不單如止,政府更為這些發展度身訂造政策,即農地需大於一定面積,才接受換地發展。這政策間接鼓勵「囤積」土地,而囤積的自然結果就當然是「居奇」,這亦是很多人指責政府政策造就了地產霸權的出現。

14. 原來「牛屎」真的可以變成「黃金」

15. 時移勢易(或「逆」),現時社會要求政府推展新一輪的新市鎮發展以滿足住屋需求的呼聲和壓力很大。若政府落實推展新一輪的新市鎮在新界發展,而又用「一貫政策」、「行之有效」的政策強制收回農地,地產商手上的未用的「黃金」,隨時變番「牛屎」!

16. 大家想想,地產商會「甘心」嗎?

究竟「公私合營」(PPP)是誰的主意?會有效嗎?

17. 地產商基於面對的「危機」,一定出盡法寶,試圖影響政府政策。因此有理由相信,他們一方面向政府提出公私合營的概念,誘使政府改變政策﹔另一方面,透過不同渠道威脅政府,若政府依循「一貫」、「行之有效」政策,就以司法覆核(JR)回應,拖垮政府的工作。

18. 假如政府「落搭」,採用公私合營模式,這方法會有效地、快速地提供大量公私營房屋嗎? 答案簡單不過 — 這是不會發生的。由於政府無權指令地產商何時開展和結束合作商討,政府的角色完全被動。因為地產商要(或只會)顧及自身利益,即商業及業務運作,而要長遠、持續、依據市場情況做生意,才可有力支持股價。地產商到時只會跟政府拉拉扯扯,「時辰到」就公私合營﹔而政府就被人拖住鼻子走,再一次俾人「搵笨」﹗

19. 當然,亦有很大可能是小組基於無知,錯誤理解,又或出於不設實際的良好願望,去「勾搭」或「勾引」地產商。

20. 如果是這樣的話,後果會更差。因為,簡單來說,去「求人」是不會「矜貴」的。若政府急於求成,地產商只會「吊高嚟賣」,叫價更高(比如在時間方面、比如在公私屋比例、比如政府出錢的比例、比如補地價等議題)﹗到時香港人就俾小組送了上「賊船」。

21. 當然,公私合營也可能是一個「裏應外合」的建議,即大家明知性質及效果,仍然走埋一齊,向香港人推薦。政府明知後果,仍把重大公眾利益(適時興建資助房屋)押注在只顧股東利益的地產商身上,公私合營就是「徹頭徹尾」的官商勾結,而且是公然的官商勾結,將官商勾結制度化。這樣做,特區政府的道德,比 97 年前殖民地政府的道德更差﹗

運用「收回土地條例」— 政府的難處

22. 如果政府落實在新界推行新一輪的新市鎮發展,社會上要求以「一貫政策」,即行使「收回土地條例」強制收回農地的呼聲將很大。

23. 其實政府也有難言之隱。我相信地產商一定已經透過不同渠道讓政府知道,若以「一貫政策」收地,就會向政府提司法覆核。

24. 地產商威脅向政府提司法覆核,應該不會是針對新市鎮規劃藍圖上所指定的「公眾用途」所座落的農地被收回的行動。亦即是說,有些立法會議員最近向政府提問,有關過往JR公眾用途的法庭判決結果,是完全捉錯用神!

25. 地產商若就政府收地提出司法覆核,所針對的,應該是規劃藍圖上指定作住宅發展所座落的農地被收回的行動。亦即是說,政府為可要用「收回土地條例」收回私人農地,然後又賣作(私人)住宅發展?這樣做是否侵犯由基本法保障的私有產權?(讀者可參考第 10 和 11 段)

26. 政府在新界「新發展區」內收地,應該也是引用「收回土地條例」的。亦即是在第 10 段所說,首先政府要得到行政會議同意這樣的收地是為了「公眾利益」。究竟 行政會議會否如港英政府的看法一樣,即是 Programming 和 Integrity of Plan 比農地業主業權更重要?法院在 1991 年的判決雖然已確定做法合法。

27. 落實發展計劃,優先於農地地主業權。過往新市鎮確立前,特首(或九七前稱的港督)跟行政會議為收地訂明「公共用途」,便能啟動收地程序。不過,就算今天的行政會議跟港英政府看法一樣,相信地産商很大可能不會同意,尋找各種理由向政府提司法覆核是意料中事。雖然過往有關收回土地的司法覆核政府全勝,但今天地產商可能用盡各種方法拖夸政府。以往收地是「一貫政策」,今天的政府卻說這沿用已久的方法行不通,究竟是出口術還是甚麼原因?政府尚欠市民一個說法。

結語

28. 發展新界農地面對的問題,歸根究底是農地的「現有價值」(Present Value)與  「預期價值」(Hope Value)相差太遠。每塊農地的業主都夢想自己的「牛屎」會有一日變成「黃金」,因此都不願盡早釋放農地作發展用途。這個原因不單適用於荒廢農地,也適用於解釋為何發展棕地也困難重重。但事實上,香港只有極少、極少的農地業主擁有「魔術棒」。

29. 近年農地的「預期價值」不斷上升,夢想正在發高燒,溫度節節上升。但社會不單沒人想辦法去降溫,還將乾柴放入烈火!小組的工作,實質就是間接把大量乾柴放入烈火,因為當你大聲疾呼,說新界的農地要發展,但又「好難攪」,又要跟業主公私合營,勾搭他們,新界農地的業主一定感覺飄飄然!當你話,公開咁話,要「勾搭」他們的時候,他們就自覺更加「矜貴」,對嗎?

30. 要徹徹底底解決這種遺害香港社會的極不合理的「預期價值」,又由極少數人壟斷的「練金術」,我們一定要回歸基本,即「牛屎」就是「牛屎」!只有當「現有價值」與「預期價值」相同,或甚至「下跌」,在新界的土地供應問題才可徹底地被解決。

建議的「終極解決方案」

31. 我們處理新界發展,必須瞭解香港的土地管理制度。簡單而言:

a. 香港實行「有年期限制的土地批租」制度,英文叫 Leasehold System。全港的土地,除了一塊在花園道的地皮,都屬於政府所有(正確地說是屬於國家,政府負責管理(BL Section 7))。

b. 政府是土地的大業主(Landlord and Lessor),然後透過不同方法,將土地批租給承租人(Lessee)。所有批租土地都有年期限制,都有到期的一天。

c. 本人建議的「終極方案」,是建基於這個土地管理制度的。

32. 請讀者留意(事後也不要被誤導),這個方案只適用於新界農地(原因請參看第 33a 段),是只針對新界農地(即是 Block Crown Lease)的方案,是不適用於農地以外的其他土地。這點非常重要。方案包括四部份(或是四個元素)。

33. 第一個元素:

a. 有鑑於新界絕大部份農地的原用途經已過時(Obsolete); 有鑑於新界農地的自然環境因為不同原因受到極大破壞;有鑑於現時管理新界農地的法制在幾十以至一百年前制訂,現在已極不合時宜;為了回應社會不同的土地的極大需求;更為了香港這一代,以至下一代、再下一代人的發展需要和福祉,建議政府不需引用任何法律,只需以「批租人」的身份,修改土地管理政策。

b. 特區政府,以新界農地地主及批租人的身份(As Landlord and Lessor),盡快宣佈,2047 年 6 月 30 日,即現時所有批租農地到期日,之後全部不會續租。(讀者留意,這不是收地,衹是二十九年後不再續租)

34. 第二個元素:

a. 特區政府,以新界農地地主及批租人身份,盡快宣佈,從即日開始到租約期滿日,不會為任何承租人更改農地地契,作其他用途。

35. 第三個元素:

a. 特區政府同時宣佈,由即時起到 2047 年 6 月 30 日租約完結為止,分開不同階(或時)段(可分三、四、五個或更多時段),承租人可在不同時段把農地提早退租,歸還政府。在愈早時段退租,可得特惠補償(現金)愈多,愈接近 2047 年,可得特惠補償愈少。2047 年 6 月 30 日到期,政府自動收回土地,因為沒有退租的地,特惠補償是零。

b. 提早退租以後,若土地不需要即時發展,政府可以短期租約再批給原承租人或現有土地使用人,作適當用途,例如農耕。

36. 第四個元素:

a. 由現時到 2047 年農地租約期滿為止,政府仍然保留運用「收回土地條例」,強制提早收回土地(可参考第 48 段),所給補償跟「時段退租特惠補償」大致相同。

預期效果

37. 透過改變現時土地管理制度,方案可即時改變新界農地的「預期價值」,農地即時沒有「預期價值」,或「預期價值」快速下降。因此可以預期,在短期內會有大量農地的業主提早退租,把農地業權歸還政府。

Augustine 你嘅建議癲唔癲啲啊?

38. 唔癲,因為現時政府根據社會不時轉變嘅需要,經已不時行使業主的權利不續租,或不同意承租人申請更改用途,例如 60 年代落實中環公共行人通道(pedestrian streets)、汽油站地契、南生圍發展等。不過我同意方案所覆蓋的面積大,因為目的宏大。

39. 其實這樣做也體現香港土地制度的精神,即 Leasehold 的目的;否則,土地的年期會變相成為永久性(In Perpetuity),後者並不是香港土地制度的本意。

40. 這個方案絕對沒有對任何農地的承租人的現有地契上的權益作出改變,或作出任何傷害。其實,新界農地本來的租期是 99(75 + 24)年,到 1997 年 6 月 30 日已經到期。自 1997 年 7 月 1 日起,農地業主完全無需補地價,土地自動續期 50 年,可謂已經得益不少。2047 年後因爲整體社會需要而不再續租,業主現在的地契上的權益絕對沒有損失。

41. 因此,建議是一個公平、顧全香港大眾利益、有效在短、中、以至長期提供土地的方案。

方案有法律風險嗎?

42. 政府行使的權力,是普通法下賦予土地業主的權利(即Landlord’s Prerogative),業主作為批租人,有「絕對決定權」(Absolute Discretion)跟承租人續或不續租相關土地。

43. 政府不需要引用任何現行的法律,因此被承租人根據現行法律挑戰的機會微乎其微。

44. 由於 2047 年 6 月 30 日以後不續租,因此方案在基本法以外,不受基本法約束。但就算以現時基本法有關土地的條文,即第 6、84 及 105 條審視,也不違反。

45. 唯一可能被 JR 的理據,是「業主有合理期望」續約。但若政府在現時(即 29 年前)已公報不續約,被成功用這理據 JR 的機會也微乎其微。

46. 我曾諮詢極資深土地管理專家,他認為方案在法理上被挑戰成功的風險相當低,方案切實可行。

方案的好處,相比小組各項建議

47. 方案可短期內釋放大量土地以供發展,最終「天下兵器盡歸」。粗略估計,新界農地全退租或到期後,總共面積應不少於八千公頃。收回土地後,政府便有空間及機會,為新界訂定全面發展、環境復修、以及保育策略,重新全面規劃土地用途,全面提供大量房屋,改善現時受破壞的自然環境,促進經濟發展。

48. 其實政府亦無需等待土地退租,當建議方案推出後,政府可立即以「收回土地條例」進行收地(即方案第四個元素),推展已規劃多年的三個新市鎮。由於建議方案第一及第二元素,政府收地時可能面對司法覆核的威脅應該解除了﹗至於清拆等前期工作,因為有地,面對受影響人士要求安置等問題也就更容易解決了。

49. 政府完全取回土地供應的主導權,亦即是說,政府對樓市、樓價、居住面積等一直困擾香港人的問題有更大,甚至主導的影響力。

50. 因為預期會有大量土地供應,小組諮詢文件裏的選項,很多會變得毫無需要(如大規模填海、開發郊野公園),社會上有些訢求(如利用軍事用地、粉嶺高球場、填平淡水湖等)也變得毫無需要。方案因此會減低社會爭拗,促進和諧。

51. 方案將徹底解決香港土地供應問題,未來 30-40 年或許再無需要重覆又重覆地討論土地供應問題。

52. 相反,小組建議的大部份選項是「雙輸」的方法。因為一方面對於我們在新界擁有大量的土地資源無法有效釋放,對新界土地資源受到嚴重破壞一籌莫展;另一方面又建議大量破壞環境,包括開發郊野公園及大規模填海。這些建議將社會帶向永無休止的爭拗,香港將永無寧日。

53. 我們若依小組的建議方向走下去,不單爭拗不斷,香港的規劃發展,以至香港的管治水平將成爲國際笑柄。比如最近在網上已有評論瘋傳,其中一熟識香港規劃發展的新加坡人批評,說香港不是缺乏土地,而是管理不善

方案提供的機會 

54. 在房屋方面,政府可為新界重新訂定完整規劃,然後興建兩個、三個,甚至四個「新玫瑰園」,大量提供公私型房屋,以及優質的居住環境。在促進經濟發展方面,由於預期有大量建築工程、基建項目,經濟應會非常活躍。

55. 在改善環境方面,香港市郊環境過去二、三十年受到嚴重破壞,一塌糊塗。世界各地的大城市,一般來說,市民對他們的市郊都感到非常驕傲,每當有親友到訪,都樂於帶他們逛遊市郊。作為亞洲之世界城市、國際金融中心,我們的市郊,是香港人很大的羞恥。

56. 過往政府在改善新界環境的工作,如九零年代初 Blackspot Task Force 的工作,成效不彰。現時的方案提供機會全面整治新界環境,提升香港形象。

方案會導致社會不穩嗎?

57. 應該不會,因為就算土地歸還政府,除非土地需用作即時發展,否則政府仍然可以通過短期租約,讓現有用途、經濟活動保留,直至重新規劃完成,為這些用途提供新地點。

方案需注意的地方

58. 由於方案「超越」2047 年,又牽涉「國家土地」,應得到中央政府支持及同意。

59. 特首很可能會被「萬箭穿心」,因此她需要有很大的政治決心。但我對她很有信心,因為她曾在電視機前公開表白,她在制訂政策時是不會理會地產商的利益,她只會關心社會大眾的福祉。

60. 預期短期內需要大量現金作特惠補償(究竟多少,暫時完全是未知數)。因土地有價,政府可透過成立特別基金,發行債券籌集資金。資金應絕對不是問題。

總結

61. 建議是一個合法、合理、合情、公開、公平、合乎公義、有效果、能照顧大眾的短、中、長期利益, 令香港社會更和諧,並切實可行,法律風險極低,的方案。

62. 我說建議是公平、合乎公義,原因是無理由小市民炒樓就受政府大力打擊,反而大財團炒賣新界農地,囤積居奇,蠶食香港人整體利益,政府不單無動於衷,還萬般呵護。建議將徹底洗脫政府造就地產霸權和官商勾結的形象!

63. 再者,土地業權到期,就歸政府所有。政府有責任及義務重新審視及分配資源,不能一次又一次地不收地價的續期,讓個別人仕操控樓宇供應。

64. 方案徹底解決短期以至長期的土地供應問題,譲政府可依據社會需要,大量提供住屋。方案可提供機會,讓政府可全面重新規劃新界,全面提升環境,除住屋外大量提供土地發展經濟,提供就業,促進社會和諧。

65. 最後,我希望政府可以積極回應建議。如果政府能落實方案,林鄭特首便是真真正正為香港人做大事,惠及香港平民百姓。而且不單是這一代,起碼兩三代的香港人。林鄭將名留青史!

 

2018 年 10 月


          【驅逐馬凱】英外相:拒發簽證有政治動機 損新聞言論自由 促港府重新考慮      Cache   Translate Page      


香港外國記者會(FCC)副主席、《金融時報》亞洲新聞主編馬凱(Victor Mallet),被香港政府部門拒絕工作簽證續期申請,《金融時報》昨日就簽證續期提出上訴。英國外相侯俊偉(Jeremy Hunt)周二(9日)發聲明指對事件表示十分關注,認為港府做法背後帶有政治動機,促請港府重新考慮。

侯俊偉在聲明指出,為香港當展前見所未的做法,感到十分關注,他認為港府至今未有公開解釋事件,拒續簽證顯然出於政治動機。他批評,事件破壞中英聯合聲明和基本法所保障的言論自由和新聞自由,並對「一國兩制」構成更大壓力。

侯俊偉促請香港當局重新考慮,香港所享有的權利和自由有信心,是香港未來取得成功的重要元素。

英國外交部上周五發表聲明,要求特區政府就馬凱事件作緊急解釋,相隔四日之後,外相侯俊偉再就事件發聲明。

特首林鄭月娥周二出席行政會議前表示,入境處是按既定政策作出決定,不會就個案作解釋,她又形容做法是國際慣例。

侯俊偉聲明全文

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

I remain very concerned by the Hong Kong authorities’ unprecedented rejection of a visa for senior British journalist Victor Mallet. In the absence of an explanation from the authorities we can only conclude that this move is politically motivated.

This undermines Hong Kong’s freedom of speech and freedom of the press, both guaranteed by the Joint Declaration, and the Basic Law, and increases the pressure on the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ framework.

I urge the Hong Kong authorities to reconsider this decision. Confidence in Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms is an essential component of its future success.

 


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As industry organizations butt heads and differ on strategies and policies, beef producers should focus less on division and internal fighting and more on this great news: beef exports continue to climb at a tremendous rate!

Division in agriculture has always been a challenge, but particularly so for the beef industry. Often I feel like our industry politics are worse than the Republicans vs. the Democrats.

There are several membership organizations to become active in, and as such, these organizations have different strategies, philosophies and political views to accomplish their member-driven policies.

I’ve been asked repeatedly by readers to comment on how I feel about the strange bedfellows of a few of these organizations. It’s not that I’m dodging the discussion, but I believe it’s a polarizing issue that only leads to greater division in our industry.

READ: Does beef demand impact you?

My best advice to these folks who are critical of one organization or another is this — stay active; ask questions; keep leadership accountable; and make sure you the producer are driving the direction of an organization and its policies.

We have many adversaries coming at us at once — fake meat companies, Humane Society of the United States, litigation against the beef checkoff and a push for “more sustainable” beef from environmentalist groups. It is pointless to fight amongst each other when we have so much work to do externally to compete for marketshare in the meat case and keep cattlemen in business and profitable for generations to come.

As a result, more unity is needed in this industry. While our strategies may vary, I believe every cattleman and woman can agree we all want the same thing — high beef demand, stable prices and fair markets with ample opportunities to merchandise our cattle how we see fit.

Anything other than that is a distraction, and that’s all I plan to say on this topic.

And while we may have great division and a growing number of adversaries hoping to take our industry down with the death of a thousand cuts, there is a silver lining in the beef cattle industry for 2018 — it’s export growth!

READ: U.S. finds home for beef in Japan, Korea

Joe Schuele for the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) says, “U.S. beef exports set new records in August with export value topping $750 million for the first time, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the USMEF.

"August beef exports totaled 119,850 metric tons (mt), up 7% from a year ago, valued at $751.7 million – up 11% year-over-year and easily exceeding the previous record of $722.1 million reached in May 2018. For January through August, beef exports totaled 899,300 mt, up 9% from a year ago, while value climbed 18% to $5.51 billion.”

What’s more, for the third consecutive month, USMEF reports that beef muscle cut exports set a new volume record in August at 95,181 mt, up 9% from a year ago for a value of $679.6 million (up 13%). Schuele adds, “Through August, muscle cut exports were 14% ahead of last year’s pace in volume (692,234 mt) and 21% higher in value ($4.93 billion).”

The August exports account for 13.2% of total beef production, up from 12.5% a year ago, and if you’re noticing a theme — “up” is the direction exports have headed in all categories.

According to the report, “For beef muscle cuts only, the percentage exported was 11.2%, up from 10.4% last year. For January through August, exports accounted for 13.5% of total beef production and 11.1% for muscle cuts – up from 12.8% and 10.1%, respectively, last year. Beef export value averaged $320.92 per head of fed slaughter in August, up 11% from a year ago. The January-August average was $318.66 per head, up 16%.”

READ: How to capture export value

This tremendous export growth is a reflection of how well-received U.S. beef products are around the world. We’ve got the taste, quality, safety and the reputation, and the numbers prove it.

For example, in South Korea, exports are up 42% from a year ago to set a new value record at $176.4 million (up 60% in value). In Japan, beef exports have climbed 8% from a year ago. In Mexico, exports were up 1% from a year ago in volume and were 8% higher in value.

Additionally, USMEF reports, “While beef shipments to China/Hong Kong slowed in the summer months, January-August exports remained 6% higher than a year ago in volume and 30% higher in value ($638.8 million). Exports to China, which reopened to U.S. beef in June of last year, were 4,580 mt valued at $39.8 million.

“Beef exports to Taiwan soared 36% above last year’s pace in volume (38,923 mt) and 40% higher in value ($359.9 million). Strong growth in the Philippines pushed beef exports to the ASEAN region 11% ahead of last year’s pace in volume (29,261 mt) and 23% higher in value ($160.7 million).”

We are also seeing export growth in places like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador, with export volume to Central America increasing 26% from a year ago to 9,519 mt, while value climbed 22% to $51.6 million.

To read the entire USMEF report, click here.

So to all the folks who spend their time and energy griping about membership organizations they don’t belong to, I would like to remind them it’s not all doom and gloom out there. The beef industry is on an amazing trajectory domestically and abroad to remain the premier protein at the center of the dinner plate.

Instead of division and internal fighting, how about we focus on the big picture and continue to promote our beef effectively and with great enthusiasm to our customers here and abroad?

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Farm Progress.


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EDMONTON—The email started with an innocent “Hiya,” but the words that followed set off a chain of events that would tarnish a university’s reputation and send investigators on a months-long chase across the ocean and back.

It’s been just over a year since MacEwan University was blindsided by an $11.8-million fraud. While the ruse itself was simple, the case that followed was anything but. Police had to navigate a complex money-laundering scheme that funneled some of the stolen public funds through various accounts in two continents before reinvesting it in a real-estate deal in Richmond, B.C.

By scouring court documents from cities across the country that tracked investigations in Edmonton, Vancouver, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, StarMetro has pieced together the most comprehensive picture of the case ever published and uncovered new details about how the money was stolen and where it went.

It began in the summer of 2017, when MacEwan was in the midst of constructing the $180-million Allard Hall: a state-of-the-art building boasting music studios and dance halls with room for 1,800 students. Emails detailing transactions worth millions of dollars were pinging back and forth between school staff and vendors.

As a result, one particular email, sent June 27, didn’t set off any alarms. Sent by a James Ellis of Clark Builders, a construction company working on the project, the email opened with the affable “Hiya” before asking the school’s accounts receivable department to reroute payments to a new National Bank of Canada account.

A supporting letter attached to the email appeared to have been signed by Marc Timberman, the company’s chief financial officer.

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Udeni Jayasinghe, an accounting technician with the university, changed the banking information on file. Exactly a month later, MacEwan wired $1.9 million into the new National Bank of Canada account.

Oddly, the payment bounced back. The university’s bank confirmed the transfer didn’t go through because the account didn’t exist. Concerned, Jayasinghe replied to the email asking for updated banking co-ordinates.

A response four days later provided new banking information, this time to an account with TD Bank. The email was accompanied by a revised letter that once again appeared to have been signed by Timberman.

In just over a week, the university made three payments into the TD Bank account totalling more than $11.8 million.

It would be almost two months before the university would learn the awful truth: Clark Builders never received these payments, no James Ellis had worked for the company for at least eight years and the real Timberman had no knowledge of the letters using his name.

The email was a fraud. Over the course of a month, MacEwan University lost the equivalent of $622 for every part-time and full-time student enrolled. That’s enough to cover a year of tuition for more than 2,600 students pursuing bachelor’s degrees, or more than one-eighth of the total amount the university took in through tuition and fees during the 2016-2017 academic year.

MacEwan had been fooled by what Const. William Lewadniuk, with the Red Deer RCMP financial crimes unit, called a “spear phishing scheme.”

“It’s targeted to a specific individual,” said Lewadniuk. “Generally with a spear phishing scheme you would spoof the email address and try to get them to send you money, so you would pretend to be a contractor or a person’s boss.”

The fraud was only discovered when Serge L’Abbe, senior project manager with Clark Builders, contacted the university on Aug. 23, 2017 to inquire about the missing money.

The university immediately started investigating, according to a sworn statement filed in court in Montreal by Stuart McLean, associate vice-president of facilities with Grant MacEwan’s board of governors.

They quickly discovered that while the email appeared to have been sent by “accounts.recievable@clarkbuilders.com” the email address had been “spoofed.” The display name of the email was different than the actual originating account.

The university’s first break came on Aug. 25, 2017 when a Montreal Superior Court justice issued a seizure order and took back $6.3 million from the TD account, recovering more than half of the missing funds.

The account had been opened under the name of Mono Shoes Inc., a company registered to a fifth-floor apartment near downtown Montreal. Before MacEwan’s millions of dollars poured in, according to documents filed in court, the account had a balance of less than $70.

But this was just the beginning of the trail, not the end. In another plot twist, the man identified by a corporate registry search as president, sole director and shareholder of Mono Shoes — Jehad Albatniji — claimed he, too, had been a victim of fraud.

In September, while he was in Jordan, Albatniji exchanged emails with one of MacEwan’s lawyers. He alleged a man in Montreal introduced him to another man in Toronto — the “main culprit,” Albatniji said, who had access to an account in Hong Kong.

Here the story enters its second major theatre: East Asia. From the Mono Shoes TD account, investigators were able to track a trail of transactions to accounts based in Hong Kong.

Lewadniuk — who has worked with the RCMP’s financial crimes unit in Red Deer for three years, with expertise in money laundering involving the proceeds of crime — said the money stolen in these types of schemes typically doesn’t stick around.

“More and more, the money doesn’t stay in Canada,” he said. “They’ll try to get it sent out to a country outside of Canada because it is harder for us to recover the funds or follow up.”

In cases like this, Lewadniuk said, finding out exactly who is responsible and building a case strong enough to lay criminal charges is rare.

Criminals often create shell companies with corporate accounts, sometimes using stolen identities, to shuffle money around while concealing the identity of the people controlling the accounts.

“They want to make it as hard as possible for people to be able to trace where the money goes, so you go from account to account to account through so many countries,” said Lewadniuk.

Just one day after MacEwan wired $1.9 million to the Mono Shoes account, $1.4 million of the stolen funds was sent from the Mono Shoes account to an account supposedly operated by a company called Kinglong Commerce Development Ltd., based in Hong Kong.

So began a series of transactions that would see the money moved from account to account before it was reinvested in a legitimate real-estate deal back on Canadian soil.

Around the same time the fraud was unfolding in Edmonton, Vancouver-based company Hoi Fu Enterprises Ltd., owned by mother Jin Lan Feng and son John Yuan, was in the process of acquiring land in Richmond, B.C. The property at 4008 Stolberg St. was valued at over $25 million, but Hoi Fu Enterprises did not have the funds to purchase it outright.

According to documents filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the seller offered them a short-term mortgage to finance part of the purchase. The sale was completed on July 12, 2017, with Hoi Fu Enterprises Ltd. acquiring the property through a holding company.

To pay back the mortgage, Hoi Fu Enterprises borrowed money from Yangjiang City Jixie Zhulu Engineering Ltd. in China. The registered legal representative and shareholder of that company is Yuan’s uncle.

However, to lend Hoi Fu Enterprises the money, Yangjiang City Jixie Zhulu Engineering had to find a way to convert the funds from Chinese currency and send the money to Hoi Fu in Canada. This is how the stolen funds get involved.

Yangjiang City Jixie Zhulu Engineering was then “introduced” to two individuals, Shao Xiong Ma and Shao Yun Ma, who claimed they could help purchase Canadian funds and move them from China to Canada, according to a statement filed on behalf of Hoi Fu Enterprises. Yangjiang City Jixie Zhulu Engineering agreed to lend the Mas the money in the form of Chinese renminbi on the condition that they repay their loan in Canadian dollars to Hoi Fu Enterprises in Canada.

Between June and July of 2017, Yangjiang City Jixie Zhulu Engineering made four payments to the Mas totalling ¥6.7 million, which would have been worth approximately $1.2 million. In August, Hoi Fu Enterprises received three wire transfers totalling $1 million.

What Hoi Fu Enterprises said it didn’t know was that the Mas had made a side deal with Kinglong Commerce Development. The Mas would make payments totalling ¥5.3 million — approximately $1 million — to four individuals and one company in China.

In exchange, the Kinglong Commerce Development account, which had previously received $1.4 million in funds stolen during the MacEwan fraud, would transfer $1 million to Hoi Fu Enterprises.

Kibben Jackson, a Vancouver-based lawyer who represented Hoi Fu Enterprises during MacEwan’s investigation and subsequent civil suits, said the owners contend they never knew the money they would eventually use to repay their mortgage on the property deal in Richmond was stolen from MacEwan University.

Jackson said that after MacEwan threatened to seize $1 million from Hoi Fu Enterprises, the company settled the lawsuit in March 2018. He could not disclose how much money Hoi Fu Enterprises offered to MacEwan.

While the case may have been complex, it was certainly not unique, according to experts in the field.

Financial crimes specialist Garry Clement, who did not work on the case, said criminal networks between Canada and Asia have been well established over decades. Clement previously worked with police for 34 years, going undercover to chase some of the highest levels of organized crime in Canada. He was also formerly the national director for the RCMP’s Proceeds of Crime Program.

Clement said that, prior to 1997, there wasn’t a specific charge under the Criminal Code of Canada for being a member of an organized crime group, as there is under Hong Kong law. Without an equivalent on the books, immigrants with that kind of criminal history wouldn’t be automatically precluded from entering Canada.

“As a result, we did end up with our fair share of known organized-crime figures in Canada,” said Clement.

This allowed criminals to set up networks between the two countries that have persisted to this day.

“You’ve created a network, and that network enables you to do a lot of things through various company formations,” said Clement. “That is essentially what you are seeing in China: Money is flowing that has been defrauded.”

Clement said it is not uncommon for the proceeds of crime to end up in legitimate investments as criminals look to keep their money safe and out of reach of authorities. An investment of choice, said Clement, is real estate, given its relative stability and the large sums of money involved.

“Nobody asks the genesis of the money,” Clement said.

Through legal action in Hong Kong, the university was able to recover nearly $3.8 million from another individual — not named in court documents available in Vancouver or Montreal — who had also been transferred stolen MacEwan funds from the Mono Shoes TD Bank account.

In all, MacEwan University announced on April 4, 2018 that it had successfully recovered $10.9 million of the $11.8 million lost to the scam.

More than $960,000 remains missing — a stinging loss that has prompted change at the university and beyond.

“Taxpayers rightly expect that the money we give to universities is spent on educating our students and isn’t lost because of poor financial controls that are in place,” Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt told StarMetro in a recent interview. “We all have a fiduciary responsibility to make sure that the money is spent properly.”

After finding out it had been defrauded, the university waited a week before alerting the public to the loss. A press release assured students that the university’s IT systems were secure and that it had already begun tracking the majority of the stolen funds with the help of legal counsel in Montreal, London and Hong Kong.

MacEwan University president Deborah Saucier was not made available for comment.

When the administration credited the “swift response and diligent efforts” of staff, legal counsel, investigators and the banks for seeing the return of 92 per cent of the lost funds, it revealed few details about where the money went or how it was recovered.

That was by design. A presentation to the 2018 Canadian Association of University Business Officers Conference reveals university officials feared “significant political fallout” and loss of reputation in the wake of the scam. University executives, according to the document, refused to provide media with access to Saucier and employed a “disciplined” communications strategy, despite public promises of transparency.

In a statement posted online in October 2017, Saucier said “the fraud did shine spotlights on two glaring gaps in our organization.”

An internal audit revealed there were inadequate controls in place for changing payment information. There was no requirement for a manager or supervisor to review changes to payment information on file. It also found employees didn’t bother to contact the vendor in any way to confirm the request was valid.

The press release sent out in April outlined some of the measures administration took to ensure they wouldn’t be fooled again.

Employees are now required to verify all changes to vendor files by phone and a followup email, and all financial changes must first be reviewed by a supervisor, manager or director. A supplied audit report system was also implemented, tracking every change made to vendor files. The university has made employee training in social engineering attacks, phishing and other online scams mandatory.

Minister Schmidt praised MacEwan for making changes to its financial department, “including some staff changes at the highest levels, which was a good first step.”

Brent Quinton, who was the university’s vice-president of finance and administration at the time of the fraud, resigned from his position three weeks after the fraud was discovered, walking away with a $540,000 severance payout.

No staff members were fired, though some were placed in different positions. Harry Oosteroff, executive director of the MacEwan Staff Association, said “our members were treated appropriately.”

The provincial government is taking steps to prevent such costly, embarrassing mistakes in the future. The Ministry of Advanced Education’s senior financial officer is now leading a team tasked with “identifying ways that we can help build capacity at institutions to improve their financial controls” so public dollars allocated for the benefit of post-secondary students don’t end up in the wrong hands.

“There are always improvements that can be made, and our department is working with institutions to continually improve the financial systems that are used to protect the taxpayers’ dollars,” Schmidt said.

After all, this isn’t the first time a post-secondary institution in Alberta has been fooled. An investigation into a similar fraud at the University of Lethbridge found that while the university had such controls in place, staff weren’t following them.

The University of Lethbridge sent $368,000 to scammers over a two-month period in 2016, “when payments owing to an external vendor of the university were sent through a process of misdirection to an alternative, nonauthentic bank account,” said Mike Mahon, president and vice-chancellor, in a statement in December 2016.

Const. Lewadniuk said low-tech solutions, such as having two people sign off on financial transactions or following up on emails with a phone call to the person or company in question, can be key in avoiding high-tech fraud.

There are institutional changes on the horizon as well. Clement, the financial crimes specialist, is eager to see stronger regulations around identifying beneficial ownership of property, corporations and bank accounts. Beneficial ownership is an arrangement in which the person who enjoys the benefits of the property or bank accounts, such as profits, isn’t necessarily the person listed on the title.

Clement said that, until recently, numbered companies would have one or two directors listed, “but there was not that requirement to drill down to see who is actually the beneficial owners of that money.”

Finance ministers across Canada entered an agreement to strengthen such regulations and bring them into force by July 1, 2019. The regulations seek to curb the misuse of corporations and other legal entities being exploited for tax evasion, money laundering, corruption and financing terrorism.

But until those regulations are brought into force and investigators are given the resources they need to chase down these types of crime, Clement fears such financial crime will continue “unabated.”

“If you stem the flow of money and stem their ability to make that profit, you can curb a lot of activity,” said Clement. “But as long as there’s that profit to be made, people are going to gamble.”

Claire Theobald is an Edmonton-based reporter who covers crime and the courts. Follow her on Twitter: @clairetheobald

With files from Michael Mui, Vancouver-based investigative reporter. Follow him on Twitter: @mui24hours


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Hong Kong's SmarTone has unveiled a new smart hotel and smart home solution, developed as part of the second wave of its Innovation Hub program.

The new solution is an end-to-end, IoT-based solution aimed at helping property developers create a personalized and convenient experience for residence and hotel guests.

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Britain’s status as a favoured investment destination for Hong Kong property buyers is expected to face headwinds from a proposed foreign buyers’ tax and ­uncertainties over Brexit. British Prime Minister Theresa May announced late September her cabinet was looking at imposing a 1 to 3 per cent tax on foreign homebuyers, saying the funds raised would be used to help the homeless. “[The proposed tax] may force buyers to think a little bit harder … 1 per cent is 1 per...
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Chief Executive Carrie Lam today outlined measures to tackle the issue of land supply in her Policy Address.

 

These include speeding up studies on brownfield sites in the New Territories and making arrangements for reprovisioning existing operations to facilitate housing development.

 

In her Policy Address, Mrs Lam said it is a logical and natural choice to use the sites for housing development, but it is an option fraught with difficulties.

 

Mrs Lam shares the community’s aspiration on developing brownfield sites to increase housing supply and has asked the Development Bureau to co-ordinate among departments to advance the study on developing such sites in New Territories North.

 

The bureau has also been asked to initiate a study on the remaining 760 hectares of scattered brownfield sites to identify those with greater development potential.

 

With many brownfield sites now used for port back-up, logistics operations, recycling workshops, and storage of construction machinery and building materials, Mrs Lam said there is a need to consider how these existing operations can be handled or relocated.

 

To unleash earlier the potential and better utilise private land not covered by the Government’s planned development, Mrs Lam proposed to introduce the Land Sharing Pilot Scheme with a fair and highly transparent mechanism.

 

This will help meet the needs of both the public and private housing in the short to medium term, she said.

 

To dispel public worries, Mrs Lam said not less than 60% to 70% of the increase in floor areas shared between the Government and applicants will be used for public housing development, mainly subsidised sale flats (SSFs).

 

The Government will openly invite land sharing applications. Applicants will be required to explain how the private land they hold could bring about a substantial increase in housing flats in the short to medium term.

 

Mrs Lam hoped the pilot scheme can be introduced next year.

 

The Government will also reactivate the revitalisation scheme for industrial buildings and allow for the first time wholesale conversion of industrial buildings for transitional housing to address the imminent housing problem.

 

Mrs Lam said the Government will encourage owners to collaborate with non-government institutions to provide transitional housing to provide more suitable accommodation for those yet to be allocated public rental housing or other grassroots citizens with housing needs.

 

In her address, she said the current-term Government has restored the housing ladder and revised the prices of SSFs.

 

But she said finding land is the pressing problem that needs to be tackled urgently.

 

Mrs Lam emphasised that the improvement of livelihood and the development of the economy and transport infrastructure of Hong Kong hinges on land resources, adding that developing land resources is a daunting task.

 

The Task Force on Land Supply set up in September, has shouldered the task of forging collaborative deliberation with the public on the issue.

 

The task force has also shared its preliminary key observations. Mrs Lam said three observations the community broadly agrees on caught her attention.

 

The observations were that land supply is pressing, that the city should be prepared for rainy days and that a multi-pronged approach should be adopted.

 

Mrs Lam said she looks forward to receiving the task force’s full report by the end of the year.


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Hong Kong lawmakers demonstrated on Wednesday in support of media freedoms following Hong Kong's rejection of a work visa for a senior British journalist, as city leader Carrie Lam was about to give her annual policy address.

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The great social media cleanup of the past two years hasn’t seemed to leave it much cleaner. As some of the most powerful companies in the world have struggled to ferret out viral false news, harassers, conspiracy theories, and foreign agents, Congress and the American public have begun to lose faith in internet platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Twitter. But one social website—the web’s fifth-largest site, by some metrics—has dodged the brunt of the ire: Wikipedia.

One might think Wikipedia would be a top target for those peddling conspiracy theories and counterfactual narratives. Yet somehow, the massive online encyclopedia has managed to retain its reputation for reliability, at least generally speaking. And that’s thanks to a sprawling online network of editors who work for free to pull fact from fiction in crafting the articles that provide the answers that float to the top of Google search queries.

Of course, Wikipedia has its problems. The most glaring may be that the editor community is overwhelmingly male, and likely white too. And that leads to erasures and omissions that reflect the worldview and concerns of the editor community. For instance, when Canadian physicist Donna Strickland won the Nobel Prize, it turned out Wikipedia didn’t have an entry about her. One had apparently been submitted prior to her winning the award, but the edit community apparently didn’t consider her sufficiently noteworthy to warrant an entry.

To talk more about how Wikipedia, a volunteer-run project, manages to be a sort of second screen for the entire internet, and to delve into some of the problems the community is facing, we spoke with the Wikimedia Foundation’s executive director, Katherine Maher, for Slate’s tech podcast If Then. An expert on technology policy across the globe, Maher discussed the role Wikipedia plays in the current debates about healthy online platforms and what the community is doing to diversify its contributors.

Read or listen to our conversation below, or get the show via Apple PodcastsOvercast, SpotifyStitcher, or Google Play.

April Glaser: Wikipedia’s the fifth-most-popular website on the internet, according to Alexa Ratings from earlier this year. And that popularity is in part due to the fact that the most popular website on the internet, Google, regularly directs people to Wikipedia at the top of its search pages. It’s a symbiotic relationship where people search Google for answers and Wikipedia is the answer that they get. More recently, YouTube and Google have begun linking to Wikipedia to provide info on topics that tend to attract false news and conspiratorial theories in their efforts to be a more reliable source of information. According to Wikipedia itself, there are over 5.7 million articles on the English version of the site thanks to nearly 35 million users, of whom fewer than 200,000 are considered active editors. That means about 200,000 people make at least one edit a month. There are 300 active Wikipedias in different languages across the world, 48 million articles written worldwide. And this whole project is made possible thanks to volunteers who write the entries and thanks to grants and donations from the readers and the editors who use the site. I want to start by discussing the phenomenon that is Wikipedia, and that it actually seems to be largely correct. Is that correct? Am I correct about that?

Katherine Maher: Yeah. There have been numerous different studies that have shown that Wikipedia is on average as correct as any traditional encyclopedia would be, in part simply because of the volume of articles that we have—that when you do have inaccuracies they tend to be very few and far between. But also they tend to get corrected really quickly, and so as you take a look across the sites, the majority of content is correct at any given time.

Glaser: So if I were to go on there and change the birthday of President Obama, that would get corrected really quickly?

You wouldn’t be able to change the birthday of President Obama because you probably do not have enough of an edit-contribution history to be able to touch an article that is as highly scrutinized as something like Obama. So anytime we have articles that are either of top interest to folks at any given time or are in the news in any given moment, our editors take them very seriously and will protect them to make sure they don’t go ahead and get vandalized. So it would be tough to change his birthday.

Glaser: Who is editing Wikipedia? It seems that everyone wants to use it, but not everyone wants to edit it. And my understanding is that something like 90 percent of the editors are male. I don’t know the racial background of editors, but I think it’s safe to say that most are probably white or come from some kind of white-collar background. So in addition to who’s editing Wikipedia, I’d like to know also the consequences of homogeneity in the edit community.

We don’t actually know much of the background of Wikipedia editors either. We have pretty strict privacy policies. In fact, you don’t need to give us really any information to edit Wikipedia. You don’t even need an account—you can just do it anonymously. And over the years, we’ve tried different ways of surveying and sampling editors to get a better sense. I think our best-case scenario is about 20 percent of the editors identify as female, but worst case would be closer to about 10. And then in terms of ethnic and racial makeup, obviously that really depends based on what Wikipedia we’re talking about. Our Indic-language Wikipedias are primarily going to be edited by people from probably South Asia. But it is true that we tend to assume that folks editing Wikipedia have what we think of as disposable time, and disposable time tends to correlate with higher socio-economic status. How does this play out for Wikipedia? It means that we tend to have biases that reflect the composition of our editors, and I will say that those biases also tend to reflect the broader world around us.

So we talk about ourselves as a mirror held up to the world. Wikipedia is a tertiary source that is based on secondary sources, and when we go to create articles on Wikipedia, we’re very reliant on what’s already been published and what exists in the world. And so if there is a dearth of secondary sources about female scientists or African novelists, it’s going to be very hard for us to then create articles that reflect those individuals on Wikipedia itself.

Glaser: When a new public figure comes on the scene, everyone jumps to visit Wikipedia, it becomes a second screen, and a bunch of editors also jump in to get their version of the truth up there. I wrote about this for Wired a couple years ago when Merrick Garland was nominated [for the Supreme Court]. The traffic of his page soared because nobody really knew who he was unless you’re in the court scene. And then behind the scenes, the editors fought over whether to call him a judicial moderate or a strong liberal. And with so many people coming to Wikipedia for information on Garland, these descriptions really matter. How do Wikipedia editors grapple with attempts to insert their own ideological leanings?

I think that this is one of those things where the more people who have an eye on the Wikipedia article, the more accurate and neutral it tends to be. Don’t take my word for it. There’s been lots of research on this subject. The more volume of traffic, the more likely it is that someone’s going to make an edit, the more editors who are involved in the conversation, the more compact and neutral and accurate the content is going to be, the more citations, the less verbose or adjectival a description is going to be. And so it’s likely in the case of Garland—and I’m not familiar with that particular article and how that moment in time affected its composition—but it’s likely in that case, or in the case of anybody who’s under the spotlight, that if they couldn’t decide on how to describe him, they would either say, “Some people describe as ‘citation, citation, citation.’ ‘Others describe as the opposite, citation, citation, citation.’ ” Or they would not make a determination about how that description actually plays out.

And so Wikipedians will tend to present information and ask you instead to draw your conclusions rather than draw their own inferences or conclusions on topics that are difficult to be neutral around.

Will Oremus: And a lot of that discussion happens on what’s called a talk page.

That’s right. It’s almost like the newsroom behind any Wikipedia article. One of the things we like to say is, “If you’re curious about what a talk page is, go to your hometown and look at the fights that people are having about the history of the town, the town hall, local celebrities, things like this.” Because it can give you the best and most immediate understanding of how talk pages actually work. There are places where Wikipedia editors take the conversation, not offline. It all happens in public. It’s just behind the curtain. Anyone can click on the talk tab and take a look at it. Anyone can contribute to that discussion, but it’s where these differences of opinion get hammered out while articles might be paused for editing, or while folks are having robust difficult conversations about how to frame or present something or whether something should be included in an article at all.

Oremus: You talked about how Wikipedia is better when there are more people involved in this editing process. That makes a lot of sense. How is the health of the Wikipedia editor community these days? In what direction is it trending? Is it getting livelier and healthier, or are the ranks thinning out? Is there a crisis of Wikipedia editorship? How’s it doing?

There is no crisis of Wikipedia editorship. Our editors are alive and well. No, I think that there was this interesting moment in time where people were very concerned about the trajectory of editorship, and it happened around, I want to say, 2010, where Wikipedia grew very rapidly in popularity between 2001 and 2010, and then what ended up happening was a lot of that original content was filled out, at least in some of the major languages, and we started to see a decline in casual editing. But what is happening is that our numbers have really stabilized to the point where we have about a quarter-million editors every single month, and about 80,000 of those come back month on month on month and make significant contributions to the site. So overall our editor health is really good. What we would love to see is an increased diversification of that, and we’d love to see some of the languages that are perhaps not as robust as they should be relative to the size of a million speakers and the like. We’d love to see some of that grow.

So for us, it’s about maintaining the health of our current editing community but then also thinking about how do we reach people for whom we’re not there yet in their language, in their geography, or representing their sense of identity.

Glaser: I imagine if you come from a community that is not well represented in the editor community that you may be prone to harassment or feel somewhat ostracized in these tightknit talk pages where a lot of difficult conversations happen. So I’m curious about harassment on Wikipedia. Have we seen coordinated attempts to insert ideological bias or to harass people to the point where they stop maintaining certain pages?

Yeah. Absolutely. These things happen, and happen in places that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. I think that the instances of extreme harassment—the kind that you see on some of the other social platforms—we see a lot less of that because Wikipedia has rules around civility that determine whether you can participate as an editor, and if you violate those rules you will get blocked and banned by our community members. I think the bigger issue for us tends to really focus on tonality, so we’ve done some interesting research around conversational failure, and it turns out that if you start a sentence in dialogue with another editor with the word please, it actually is a really high predictor that that conversation is going to fail. Because it tends to be followed by “Please stop doing that” or “Please don’t do something that you don’t know anything about,” and so please is actually not an indicator of a necessarily positive outcome.

So what we’re trying to understand is in a community and in an ecosystem where harassment and unfriendly spaces look very different than harassment on, say, the comment section of YouTube or in a Twitter channel. What can we do to facilitate more civil and respectful conversations when we can’t necessarily automate to be able to understand because of the use of bad words, for example. And so it’s really about how we create a culture of friendly interaction as opposed to certain instances of harassment, ’cause we just don’t have that problem in quite the same way, which is not to say it doesn’t exist. I do want to be really careful to acknowledge that we have had instances of people who’ve been harassed on Wikipedia. It tends to be somebody gets a bone between their teeth and really goes after an editor or a group of editors. The times that we’ve seen these things happen in a targeted way have tended to be around things that you would expect to be controversial. We were one of the sites to be enveloped in the whole Gamergate controversy, and we absolutely saw people really go head-to-head over what that particular discussion meant, and we had a number of Wikipedia editors on all sides of the conversation who found themselves sanctioned for the way that they participated in those conversations.

Glaser: I write a lot about harassment on social media, and obviously Wikipedia is a social place where people can interact. We do not hear as much about creating a culture where people will be less prone to harass each other. It’s more about moderation, so this is really interesting.

We don’t do moderation in the same way that other social platforms do. We don’t have armies of folks sitting offshore going through content posting trying to determine if it’s harassing language or if it violates our terms of service. Our community, because it is truly a community, engages in that conversation directly, and then they have modes and means of policies to refer conversations for review and sanction as appropriate. I think that harassment is a problem, but for us it is a relatively small problem relative to the challenge of how do you create a truly inclusive space for folks when we come from a certain culture, and we come from a certain demographic background. How do you open that up so that it becomes a place where more people feel welcome?

Oremus: That’s so interesting to hear you say you don’t have moderation. I understand what you mean: You mean that Wikipedia, or the Wikimedia Foundation, isn’t going in and moderating what the editors can say or what people can add to an article. But in another sense, the whole project of Wikipedia is a project of moderation, where people are moderating what each other can say and regulating each other’s speech in various ways. It reminds me, you talked about the social platforms, and it reminds me of the difficulties that the big social networks are having right now with misinformation, conspiracy theories, fake news, all that sort of thing. And they talk about, Well, we can’t be an arbiter of truth. Or maybe in Facebook’s case: We’re trying, but it’s really hard to be an arbiter of truth. Wikipedia is at its core an arbiter of truth—that’s what you guys do. So why do you think they’re having such a tough time with it, and would you have any advice for the people running those platforms?

I think one thing that’s really different from us is, from the beginning, it’s been a community-driven project. We don’t set editorial policies for Wikipedia. The community sets that, and the community has evolved over time with these editorial policies in order to assess information quality and also the standards that they want in their spaces, to tie it back to the conversation around friendly spaces and contribution. But specifically for content moderation there are a couple of really core policies that drive the way that Wikipedia articles are created, and I think the reason that they are effective is that they’re clear, there are only three of them, they’re fairly easy to understand, there are tons of examples for how they work, there are lots of different eyeballs that focus on insuring that those policies are upheld, and it all happens in the open. The polices around accuracy of information, it requires that we site back to what we call reliable sources. It means that people can’t just put out fringe theories based on what their interests are. They have to find citations and information. It has to be peer-reviewed, or published, or have some editorial scrutiny.

These are the policies that have created a sense of accuracy and accountability on Wikipedia, and accountability not just for the editors but accountability to the public who reads this content. And I think that’s just so completely different from the way these other platforms work. Another thing that I point to is we don’t have divergent forking narratives or feeds that you sign up for. When you come to a Wikipedia article, you’re looking at the exact same thing whether you’re sitting on the other side of the continent from me or if you’re sitting in the next office over. That doesn’t afford us the space to shift narratives based on what your interest is or what an algorithm suggests that you might like. We have to be open and publicly accountable for what is published no matter what your perspective or viewpoint actually is.

It’s funny you mentioned, or refer to, Wikipedia as an arbiter of truth. We actually don’t agree with that characterization. What we would say is that Wikipedia reflects knowledge as it exists at any given moment in time. That is, knowledge is constantly being constructed, and it’s constantly being deconstructed. And so edits are made to Wikipedia, content is removed from Wikipedia, knowledge changes dramatically over time, and what Wikipedia offers is just an aggregate understanding of what we know about a topic at any given moment based on what’s been published or what common consensus says. I always use the example of Copernicus or Galileo. However many hundreds of years ago, had they written an article, we’d have some really strong articles about how the sun revolves around the Earth. But we, as hopefully humanity, have learned a lot more about our solar system, and now we know that the Earth revolves around the sun. So knowledge is a living thing, but it’s not necessarily about trying to get to some understanding of truth. It’s more just about representation about what we can all agree on at any point in time.

Where I start to find this really powerful is less on things that are settled, like heliocentricity versus geocentricism, but more about how our history—and understanding of culture, and understanding of politics, and understanding of representation—Is constantly evolving. Wikipedia’s edited 350 times a minute, which essentially means that every minute there are 350 opportunities to challenge what it is that we know, and how it is that it’s been assembled, and who has contributed to that knowledge base, and whose voices are included, and how it is that we might change that over time. So I think of Wikipedia not as an arbiter of truth but really a living contestation for how knowledge is formed and created, which is why we always say, “Don’t trust Wikipedia. Read it with a critical eye. Check the citations. And if you see something, contribute to it.” Because the way that we form knowledge is by contributing to it together and building on what’s come before.

Glaser: It’s true that there are all of these ways to gain social clout and to gain social trust in the Wikipedia community, but sometimes people edit Wikipedia anonymously, or it’s their first time, and sometimes it’s funny. And it’s something that you guys call vandalism. And I want to ask about that, because I saw this meme going around a few years ago—I think it was an actual screenshot from Wikipedia, and it was edited to say that Charlie Sheen was half-man, half-cocaine. And it was changed quickly back, I’m sure, but I think this happens a lot, and I’m curious: How does Wikipedia contend with vandalism, and is there any particularly funny one that comes to mind?

Just the other day, somebody tweeted about the fact that there’s a Wikipedia article that’s a list of fictional states, and nestled in there was Wyoming, a fictional state made up for tourism revenue by Idaho. I thought that was funny. As soon as I retweeted it, it was gone. But I think that often we see these sorts of vandalism. I think that they are funny. I also know that they can be quite annoying for our Wikipedia editors. I like to think of them as ways of demonstrating that Wikipedia is a living project and as a reminder to folks that you can go ahead and get in there and edit. We actually have more Wikipedians than we’d like to admit who first started because of vandalism. They came in to mess with the site, and they realized, “Oh, that vandalism didn’t stay up for very long. I’m curious how that works,” and then get involved in that way. In general, there are different ways that vandalism works. I don’t think this will surprise anyone, but some of the highest volume of vandalism tends to happen in school hours, and it tends to be bad words.

But we have bots that scrub the site from end to end and remove instances of poop that shouldn’t belong in a sentence and the like. The other forms of vandalism tend to get reverted very quickly. I think Congress is notorious for vandalizing Wikipedia, in fact I think it’s blocked this week; you can’t edit with a congressional IP this week because people abuse their privileges. And we’ve seen that happen. Wikipedia editors tend to keep a very close eye on what we call our recent-changes feed, and there are folks who consider themselves just to be vandalism patrollers who are always looking for things that are a little suspicious. We give this a boost by having machine learning systems that are able to identify what is likely a good edit or a bad edit and help editors triage in order to keep pace with the 350 edits a minute. Because it’s a pretty huge volume of activity on the sites at any given time.

Glaser: With Wikipedia now serving as a fact-checker for YouTube’s most polarizing conspiracy-theory videos, is there a fear that people will see these videos about how climate change isn’t real and then click on the Wikipedia link and edit the article to incorporate the counterfactual information they just saw?

This was something that we were concerned about. Obviously any time a major platform turns the worst of the internet against our sites, we worry about what the implications are for our editing community. Our editing community actually took it all in stride. They said, “We’ve got means by which we monitor these pages. We know how to deal with vandalism. We’ve been doing this for 17 years. We’ll let you know when it’s a problem.” And we went back and said pretty much the same thing to YouTube. We said, “We’ll let you know when it’s a problem, and if it does become a problem we’d appreciate some support around this. But overall it seems as though it’s something that is working out.” Our mission overall is to get knowledge out there and to be the correct place for information—to have it be as accurate as possible. And if it is a tool in the arsenal of insuring a more accurate and fact-based internet, then I think we’re probably all for it.

Glaser: It’s fascinating how the community is able to morph and absorb more responsibility as more people start to use the internet and as more large platforms start to rely, and continue to rely, on Wikipedia as a source of information.

I think what I would say there is that because it works in this instance, it doesn’t mean that we’re going to be the catchall for all of the worst bits of the internet. In reality, anytime that there is an intermediary layer between people who are reading Wikipedia content and where the content itself is created, we see that as a risk. Part of the promise of Wikipedia is that anybody anywhere can go in and check where does the information come from, when was it added, what’s the edit history, what’s the discussion on the talk page, where does the citation go, and so whenever there’s an intermediary layer that sits between our readers and our contributors, we view that as a breakdown of the trust and the promise model that Wikipedia offers in terms of accountability and transparency, but we also view it as a risk factor to the sites as a whole because of how Wikipedia works when people stop by to read it. Wikipedia works when a reader’s like, “Oh, I think that information isn’t accurate. That probably needs an update,” or “That probably could use a different citation.”

And so the volume of traffic to our sites is actually the way in which Wikipedia stays up to date and makes sure that our content is constantly expanding, and so if that information is being siphoned off and presented in different ways and in different places, that actually does create a risk for us. So I think there’s a tension between how do we make sure information’s available in the most useful ways, such as the referral back with the YouTube videos, but also making sure that information is not taken completely out of context and presented in a way that ultimately chokes off the way that Wikipedia works.

Oremus: You actually just answered part of the question that I was going to ask, which is: Part of the future of computing right now on the internet seems to be this move toward voice assistance. Whether it’s on a smart speaker, like an Amazon Echo or Google Home, or it’s Siri on your phone, or talking to the Google Assistant on your phone, for a lot of those, when you ask a question—when you ask Siri or Alexa or Google a question—the answer you get will be content from Wikipedia. So that’s a way that people are gonna be using Wikipedia more and more, presumably, but maybe not even know that they are using Wikipedia. Certainly not visit the site and maybe run into a fundraising appeal or get involved in that way. Is that a big concern for you going forward, and are you hopeful that donations from those big platforms … I saw that Amazon recently gave $1 million to the Wikimedia Foundation maybe partly for that reason.

Does that have to become more of your business model now if these platforms are going to be siphoning off your information or siloing your information in that way?

I think I have many thoughts and responses to your question. One thing to note is that there’s the immediate value that these platforms get out of having Wikipedia as a resource from which they can pull answers and information to provide to their users. But the other part that most people aren’t as aware of is that Wikipedia is also this massive computational resource for many different platforms in terms of the way that they’re developing machine learning, the way that they’re training their A.I assistants, in the way that they treat natural language processing. And so we view ourselves as a resource that should be supported by industry as a whole—not just because we create a transactional value to them, because Amazon or Siri or whatever can answer our question, but because we’ve actually created a tremendous resource just in terms of data modeling and support that these companies can go out and train and do advanced computational science around. And there is nobody who is contributing back because of the value we’ve created in that space.

The reason that we think that should engender long-term support is because we are essentially the commons as a resource for the entire internet that entire business models have been created around. And if you don’t actually support that commons, it’s not going to exist at some point, and that’s going to be really problematic for a business model that depends on its existence, particularly as companies are pushing into new and different markets. It’s increasingly the case that they’re looking to sites like Wikipedia, which have content that’s available in those local languages as a baseline to assess the market maturity, and whether people are using the open web, and whether they’re creating content in those languages. So overall supporting Wikipedia so that we’re out there and accessible to more people and accessible to more users in more languages, and so that our content is diverse and reflective of the entire world and not just North America or the male experience, is ultimately a good thing, not just for us, and not just for our readers, but for the internet as a whole.

In terms of what that support looks like, I think that it’s not just about monetary support. We are very proud of the fact that 85 percent of our donations come from small-dollar donations from individual users. The average donation is $15, and the remaining 15 percent tends to be more traditional foundation donations. We don’t want to be entirely beholden to large corporations giving us money, but we do feel as though having some sort of sustainable model of support, whether it is engineering support, or in-kind support, or just thinking about what the product decisions actually mean in terms of their implications for how people can contribute to and access Wikipedia, that’s the conversation that we want to be having with these different platforms. At the end of the day, we create a tremendous amount of value in the world, and we want to make sure that value is being recognized and being supported and sustained, because it’s very easy to make a series of decisions that in aggregate could really damage that value, and I don’t think anybody intentionally wants to hurt Wikipedia.

Glaser: No, Wikipedia has a tremendous amount of value for so many different parties. Can you tell us about efforts to expand Wikipedia in other languages? Also, what’s the second-biggest language after English? And is Wikipedia available in China?

So there are a whole host of Wikipedias that are smaller languages. They tend to be secondary languages within countries, or indigenous languages, or noncolonial languages, and we at the Wikimedia Foundation actually place a great deal of emphasis on supporting communities that are doing work in these languages. We have grants that are available to community members who are organizing and doing events around outreach and growth of smaller-language projects. We call them our emerging community projects. And the whole idea is that we don’t make a decision based on winners and losers on language. The fact that Spanish and German and English and French are enormous doesn’t mean that that is sufficient to cover the entire world. We want people to be able to access content in Zulu and in whatever the indigenous languages and identities are that they’re seeking information.

We know that’s actually critical to the way that cultures continue to live, the way that identities continue to live. There’s a whole example of Welsh Wikipedia where the national government of Wales has a Wikipedian in residence who is just there to make sure that Welsh continues to be a living thriving Wikipedia language in large part because they know that having Wikipedia exist in Welsh is actually a marker as to whether other internet services will index Welsh as a living digital language. And of course we can all understand that if your language goes away or doesn’t exist in a digitized form, your identity starts to go away too. So we’re really supportive of this. We think this is part of our cultural diversity in recognizing that the sum of all knowledge requires all sorts of different understandings of knowledge, all sorts of linguistic bases for knowledge.

Glaser: Is Wikipedia available in China?

Wikipedia is not currently available in China or in Turkey. But of course Wikipedia does continue to be built by Chinese speakers. We have Chinese speakers who are outside of China, like Taiwan and Hong Kong of course, but then other Chinese speakers including folks from mainland China who edit Wikipedia from outside of the country as well as from inside the country using circumvention technologies. So Wikipedia in Chinese is not as large, and we would like to see the relative number of Chinese speakers, but we remain optimistic that it will continue to be built and will be there for when and if China ever decides to unblock us. We would love that.


          I used e-cigarettes to quit smoking after 10 years trying in vain to stop. Hong Kong’s ban is wrong      Cache   Translate Page      
As a smoker for 20 years, the advent of electronic cigarettes was a boon for me. Like many heavy smokers who have tried to quit the highly addictive habit, I always succumbed in the end to my desire to light up again, especially when stressed at work or in the throes of personal setbacks. ... Reported by S.China Morning Post 37 minutes ago.
          Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi on his experimental Hong Kong show, and Cézanne’s influence      Cache   Translate Page      
Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi’s first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth since signing with the international gallery in May this year is unusual in that it runs concurrently at three of its branches, in London, Zurich and Hong Kong, with very different works chosen for each. The exhibition – ... Reported by S.China Morning Post 1 hour ago.
          The Financial Times Will Appeal Hong Kong’s Rejection of Editor’s Visa in Press Freedom Case      Cache   Translate Page      
NGO's, public figures, and other journalists are sounding the alarm over the case of Victor Mallet
          Tennisster Kerkhove blijft maar winnen      Cache   Translate Page      
Tennisster Lesley Kerkhove heeft de tweede ronde bereikt van de Hong Kong Open. De uit Zierikzee afkomstige Kerkhove (26) was in twee sets te sterk voor landgenote Bibiane Schoofs: 6-4 6-0. Het is voor de beste Zeeuwse tennisster haar dertiende zege op rij. In de tweede ronde wacht de Chinese Shuai Zhang.

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Equity markets climbed in Europe and the United States, with Wall Street buoyed by a rebound in technology shares off two-month lows and as long-dated US Treasury yields pulled back from multi-year highs. Stock markets in Asia and Europe trimmed earlier losses after a four-day selloff that had pushed shares in Asia to a 17-month low and knocked European shares to six-month lows. Ongoing worries about a standoff between the EU and Italy over the country's budget had pushed Italian borrowing costs to their highest since 2014 and weighed on the euro, while Treasury yields hovered at seven-year highs. The Chinese yuan steadied near a seven-week low against the greenback as a liquidity squeeze in the offshore market for renminbi in Hong Kong helped stabilize sentiment. MSCI’s index of stock markets across the globe traded flat after paring losses, while the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.33 per cent. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 13.81 points, or 0.05 per cent, to 26,493.40. The S&P 500 gained 2.97 points, or 0.10 per cent, to 2,887.45 and the Nasdaq Composite added 26.47 points, or 0.35 per cent, to 7,761.86. “Techs actually right now are strong...
          10/10/2018: WORLD: Hong Kong leader refuses to explain news editor’s visa denial      Cache   Translate Page      

HONG KONG’S LEADER yesterday refused to say why the city had denied a visa to a leading Financial Times journalist, despite escalating demands for an explanation of the unprecedented challenge to freedom of the press. Victor Mallet, the FT’s Asia news...
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Am 09.10.2018 ging die Aktie Vedan an ihrem Heimatmarkt Hong Kong mit dem Kurs von 0,77 HKD aus dem Handel. Das Unternehmen gehört zum Segment "Verpackte Lebensmittel und Fleisch". Wie Vedan derzeit einzuschätzen ist, ergibt sich aus einer mehrstufigen Analyse. Dabei haben wir 7 Kategorien ausgewählt, die jeweils zum Ergebnis "Buy", "Hold" oder "Sell" führen. [mehr]
          China Singyes New Materials: Endlich?      Cache   Translate Page      
Per 09.10.2018 wird für die Aktie China Singyes New Materials am Heimatmarkt Hong Kong der Kurs von 1,26 HKD angezeigt. Das Papier zählt zur Branche "Commodity Chemikalien". Auf Basis von insgesamt 7 Bewertungskriterien haben wir eine Einschätzung zum aktuellen Niveau für China Singyes New Materials entwickelt. [mehr]
          Golden Throat: Das gibt’s ja gar nicht!      Cache   Translate Page      
Die vorliegende Analyse beschäftigt sich mit der Aktie Golden Throat, die im Segment "Persönliche Produkte" geführt wird. Die Aktie schloss den Handel am 09.10.2018 an ihrer Heimatbörse Hong Kong mit 1,01 HKD. Golden Throat haben wir in einer hausinternen Analyse nach den 7 bedeutendsten Faktoren auf Basis der aktuellen Daten bewertet. [mehr]
          Sling: Wird es jetzt nochmal richtig spannend?      Cache   Translate Page      
An der Börse Hong Kong schloss die Sling-Aktie am 09.10.2018 mit dem Kurs von 0,202 HKD. Die Sling-Aktie wird dem Segment "Bekleidung Accessoires & Luxusgüter" zugeordnet. Sling haben wir in einer hausinternen Analyse nach den 5 bedeutendsten Faktoren auf Basis der aktuellen Daten bewertet. Daraus resultiert jeweils eine Bewertung als "Buy", "Hold" oder "Sell". [mehr]
          Sino Oil & Gas: War die Aufregung umsonst?      Cache   Translate Page      
Am 09.10.2018 ging die Aktie Sino Oil & Gas an ihrem Heimatmarkt Hong Kong mit dem Kurs von 0,206 HKD aus dem Handel. Das Unternehmen gehört zum Segment "Öl & Gas Exploration & Produktion". Unsere Analysten haben Sino Oil & Gas nach 5 Kriterien bewertet. Dabei definiert jedes Kriterium eine "Buy", "Hold" oder "Sell"-Einschätzung. [mehr]
          Hong Kong to ban e-cigarettes, other new smoking products      Cache   Translate Page      

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader says the semi-autonomous Chinese territory plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health. Carrie Lam said in an annual policy address Wednesday that her government was drawing up proposed legislation to forbid the import, manufacture, sale, distribution and advertisement of products used in ...

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Tommy Berry, one of Sydney's top jockeys, was forced to watch last year's Everest from Hong Kong, but is desperate to win it at his first attempt.
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          [Consumer] - Sales Operation Specialist - Johnson & Johnson (Hong Kong) Ltd      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Business Analyst - Top Tier Investment Bank - Career International AP (Hong Kong) Limited      Cache   Translate Page      
Salary: HK$17,000 - 25,000 /month (negotiable), 2 yr of exp, posted on 10 Oct 2018 07:25:00
          人力資源薪酬專員 - Orient Finance Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Anti-Money Laundering/ Sanctions Manager - Robert Walters Hong Kong      Cache   Translate Page      
Salary: HK$35,000 - 45,000 /month (negotiable), N/A yr of exp, posted on 10 Oct 2018 07:13:00
          【Japanese Speaking】Transfer Agency Shareholder Services Team Leader - JAC Recruitment Hong Kong Co., Limited      Cache   Translate Page      
Salary: HK$55,000 - 70,000 /month, 4 yr of exp, posted on 10 Oct 2018 06:59:00
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Salary: HK$70,000 - 90,000 /month, 6 yr of exp, posted on 10 Oct 2018 06:56:00
          【URGENT】Assistant Relationship Manager - Japanese Speaking - JAC Recruitment Hong Kong Co., Limited      Cache   Translate Page      
Salary: HK$20,000 - 25,000 /month (negotiable), 2 yr of exp, posted on 10 Oct 2018 06:51:00
          Lease & Finance - Sales Head - JAC Recruitment Hong Kong Co., Limited      Cache   Translate Page      
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Salary: HK$55,000 - 70,000 /month, N/A yr of exp, posted on 10 Oct 2018 06:28:00
          Officer, Finance (Treasury Settlement) (For a 6-month contract) - Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited      Cache   Translate Page      
Salary: Salary negotiable, 2 yr of exp, posted on 10 Oct 2018 06:26:00
          Commercial Banking_Trade Finance - Kookmin Bank Hong Kong Branch      Cache   Translate Page      
Salary: HK$17,000 - 30,000 /month (negotiable), N/A yr of exp, posted on 10 Oct 2018 06:24:00
          Manager, Market Risk Management - Fubon Bank (Hong Kong) Limited      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Regulatory Compliance Manager (m/f/d) - Based in Hong Kong - AirPlus - Høng      Cache   Translate Page      
Responsible for managing and executing effective Anti-Money Laundering policies within the local market(s). Business facilitor and strategic driver;...
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          Democrats plan to ask CE to testify on visa denial      Cache   Translate Page      
With the government declining to explain why it decided to reject a British journalist’s application for renewal of his work visa, some pan-democrats are considering using their power to summon Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and other top officials to the Legislative Council to get some answers, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. Victor Mallet, Financial […]
          HK Policy Address: Lantau reclamation unveiled in housing plan      Cache   Translate Page      
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Wednesday announced a major reclamation project in Lantau as part of efforts to boost land supply and resolve Hong Kong’s worsening housing woes. Delivering her annual policy address, Lam introduced the “Lantau Tomorrow Vision”, under which about 1,700 hectares will be developed on reclaimed land in the seas […]
          Hong Kong lawmakers protest over media ‘persecution’ at city leader’s policy address      Cache   Translate Page      
The walkout came as the city's leader Carrie Lam was about to give her annual policy address.
          Litigation Senior Associate - Cornwall Executive Recruitment - Cornwall      Cache   Translate Page      
Central London, Cornwall, Devon, Wales, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Cayman, BVI, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Luxembourg & Dubai....
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How often do you make a wish? There is one beautiful old temple in Hong Kong #wongtaisin people come here to find answers for their questions and ask blessing. They called it place where 3 religions meet #culture #tradition #discoverhongkong #religion #hongkong #chinesetemple #incense #wish #buddhism #teamoanastasia #onnyway
           Komentar di Agenda Seru Saat Musim Panas di Hong Kong oleh Haya Aliya Zaki       Cache   Translate Page      
Januari nanti aku ke Hong Kong, Ded. Kayaknya udaranya dah dingin tu ya. Btw, itu Apliu Street padat bangeeettt.
          UPDATE 2-Some Hong Kong lawmakers walk out of policy address over media 'persecution'      Cache   Translate Page      
The protest came after Hong Kong last week rejected a visa renewal application from Victor Mallet, the Asia editor for the Financial Times newspaper, who in August hosted a speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club by a pro-independence activist. Hong Kong authorities and Lam have so far refused to explain the visa decision. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule...
          GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares steady as global bond sell-off eases; sterling rises      Cache   Translate Page      
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.3 percent, while Japan's Nikkei average added 0.2 percent and the Australian benchmark was up just 0.1 percent. In China, the mainland benchmark Shanghai Composite was flat in choppy trade, although Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.6 percent. With world stocks still near to multi-week lows,...
          HIGHLIGHTS-Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam delivers policy address      Cache   Translate Page      
HONG KONG, Oct 10- The following are highlights of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's second annual policy address on Wednesday, mapping out her priorities for the former British colony which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.. But the government will not tolerate any talk of moves towards independence from China. -Enact legislation to implement the law of mainland...
          Hương thơm đắt hơn vàng      Cache   Translate Page      
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Gỗ trầm được hình thành khi các cây trầm hư hại bị nhiễm nấm mốc.

Hong Kong đã từng được gọi là cảng thơm vì hoạt động buôn bán gỗ trầm lâu năm.

Hương thơm của hàng ngàn que hương phảng phất qua phía trước cửa hàng công ty nhang và đàn hương Wing Lee, một doanh nghiệp gia đình truyền thống ở khu phố Hong Kong của Yau Ma Tei. Các gói nhang màu vảng và đỏ tươi sáng được xếp dọc theo tường, nhưng cất riêng trong tủ kính là thứ hương đắt giá hơn hết thảy: gỗ trầm hương.

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Hương sắc sảo mộc mạc của loại gỗ này đã đã đặt tên cho Hong Kong, theo tiếng Quảng Đông, là Cảng Thơm. Hương thơm này là sự hồi tưởng sâu sắc như thế nào mà cảng buôn cũ thời thuộc địa, nay là trung tâm tài chính thế giới, đã từng đóng vai trò then chốt trong việc buôn trầm hương đến Trung Đông và xa hơn nữa.

Ở tuổi 84, Yuen Wah đã làm trong ngành kinh doanh hương trầm hơn 70 năm. Con trai ông, Kenny, đang điều hành cửa hàng Wing Lee, đã mở rộng kinh doanh sang Trung cộng đại lục, mở thêm các cửa hàng ở Bắc Kinh, Thượng Hải và Cáp Nhĩ Tân. Mặc dù nghỉ hưu, Wah vẫn đến thăm cửa hàng cũ của mình ở Phố Thượng Hải.

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"Gỗ trầm luôn là một loại gỗ đắt tiền," Wah nói với tôi khi nhớ lại thời gian khi ông bắt đầu làm việc trong ngành này lúc 13 tuổi. "Trong quá khứ, nó được sử dụng trong y học vì nó là một thuốc giảm đau rất tốt. Bây giờ nó đã chuyển từ thuốc sang thành hương đốt."

Trầm hương được tạo ra khi cây Aquilaria, trước kia được trồng theo truyền thống quanh làng vì đặc tính phong thủy của nó, bị hư hại, cho phép một loại mốc tấn công vào gỗ. Khi thu hoạch, gỗ bị nhiễm mốc, xẫm, có nhựa nhựa được tách khỏi gỗ lành (không mùi, màu kem).

Và chính loại nhựa quý giá này là thứ mà người ta tìm kiếm từ lâu. Được gọi là 'vua hương thơm', trầm hương được buôn bán rộng rãi ở Trung Đông và Châu Á. Những ghi chép từ triều đại Tang và Song của Trung cộng cho thấy nó là một mặt hàng có giá trị cao, và hương thơm của nó có những kết nối lịch sử rộng khắp qua Phật giáo, Đạo giáo, Hồi giáo và Kitô giáo.

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Cây trầm từ đó gỗ trầm hương được thu hoạch là mục tiêu của việc ăn trộm.

Ngày nay, các mảnh vụn của nhựa trầm hương được thu hoạch làm bột hương, bán với giá khoảng 58,000 đô la HK/kg vào năm 2014. Các thân gỗ lớn tới vài mét, được bán để tạc tác phẩm điêu khắc bằng tay- một khúc có hình đế và thân cây ở cửa hàng Wing Lee đề giá 1,2 triệu đô la Hong Kong. "Chúng như là những tác phẩm nghệ thuật," Wah nói.

Nhựa cây đặc biệt được ưa chuộng để làm nước hoa và hương thơm. Nhựa gỗ trầm được chưng cất để tạo ra dầu Oud, một thành phần thiết yếu trong các loại nước hoa cao cấp như Oud Royal của hãng Armani Privé và M7 Oud Absolu của hãng Yves Saint Laurent. Oud đã được bán với giá gần 300.000 đô la HK/kg- nó đắt đến mức nó thường được coi là 'vàng lỏng'.

Nhưng nhu cầu rất lớn đối với gỗ trầm trong vài thập kỷ qua đã khiến giống cây Aquilaria của Hồng Kông lao đao trước ngưỡng tuyệt chủng.

Công ty Asia Plantation Capital (APC), một trong những nhà trồng cây Aquilaria thương mại lớn nhất Châu Á, đang cố gắng cứu cây này bằng cách khuyến khích trồng trầm hương bền vững ở Hong Kong và khắp Châu Á. Họ tin rằng chỉ có vài trăm mẫu cây hoang dã còn lại ở Hong Kong, mặc dù chính quyền Hong Kong tuyên bố đã trồng khoảng 10.000 cây con mỗi năm kể từ năm 2009.

Nhưng chỉ đơn giản trồng cây non là không đảm bảo sự sống còn vì chúng phải mất nhiều năm để trưởng thành. Và số lượng cây trưởng thành hiện nay đang bị đe dọa nhiều hơn nữa do những kẻ ăn trộm.

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Các đồn điền như đồn điền Koon Wing Chan là một cách bền vững để thu hoạch gỗ trầm hương.

"Bọn trộm cây tìm kiếm các cây già bị nhiễm bệnh tự nhiên, vì chúng có giá trị cao hơn, do vậy những cây này sẽ ngày càng bị đe dọa," Gerard McGuirk, giám đốc bán hàng của APC tại Hong Kong, nói. "Hiện nay ở Hong Kong, bạn sẽ rất may mắn nếu thấy được một cây 30 năm tuổi."
Trong khi số lượng chính xác cây còn lại trong tự nhiên có thể còn là vấn đề tranh cãi, nhưng rõ ràng việc trộm cây nghiêm trọng đang diễn ra.

Gần ngôi làng nhỏ Shing Ping, sát biên giới với Thâm Quyến, người trồng trầm hương thế hệ thứ ba Koon Wing Chan đang chỉ đạo một đồn điền nhỏ khoảng 6.000 cây. Ông là người trồng trầm hương duy nhất ở Hong Kong. Và để cố duy trì, bảo tồn và đưa vào thị trường loài cây đang bị đe dọa này, ông đã liên doanh với APC.

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Để làm nổi bật nỗi khốn khổ của cây trầm hương hoang dã, APC cung cấp các tour du lịch có hướng dẫn tới trang trại của Chan và một số khu bảo tồn công cộng, nơi có các cụm cây Aquilaria. Gần với trang trại của Chan, ở khu bảo tồn quốc gia Pat Sin Len, không khí ngào ngạt mùi hương trầm phát ra từ những thân cây đã bị lột trần. Việc làm này là thô kệch, nhằm gây hư hại cây hơn là giết cây.

"Không phải mọi cây đều sẽ có nhựa, vì vậy kẻ trộm như phải đánh bạc," Wah nói. Trong tự nhiên, chỉ có 7% cây tạo ra nhựa.

Trong bụi cây phía dưới ẩm thấp và đầy muỗi của khu bảo tồn, mùi hương rõ rệt là một dấu hiệu chắc chắn rằng những kẻ ăn trộm sẽ nhận được phần thưởng đổi lấy nguy cơ có thể bị tù đến 10 năm. Nếu tìm thấy loại nhựa quý, kẻ ăn trộm có thể kiếm được một khoản tiền đáng kể khi bán nó ở chợ đen.

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Công ty Asia Plantation Capital cung cấp các tour du lịch tới các công viên địa phương để giáo dục du khách về cây trầm hương đang bị nguy kịch.

Trong hai năm qua, cảnh sát và nhân viên của Cục Nông Nghiệp, Thủy sản và Bảo Tồn (AFCD) đã thực hiện 35 chiến dịch chống ăn trộm trong việc săn trộm ở các điểm nóng như Sai Kung, Đảo Lantau và các khu phía Bắc của vùng lãnh thổ mới. Hiện nay, AFCD lên kế hoạch thử nghiệm giám sát điện tử từ xa các cây và truyền hình mạch kín tại khu bảo tồn thiên nhiên Tai PO Kau ở bờ biển phía Tây, cũng như trồng thêm cây con tại vườn ươm Tai Tong gần Yuen Long.

Trồng thêm nhiều cây con ở các công viên quốc gia của Hong Kong dường như không thể ngăn chặn việc ăn trộm khi có cơ hội, nhưng việc tăng cường sự quan tâm của các nhà đầu tư vào các đồn điền gỗ trầm bền vững về môi trường cũng có thể cứu vãn được những cây hương còn lại của Hong Kong khỏi tuyệt giống.

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"Chúng tôi có các đồn điền trầm hương ở 5 quốc gia và chúng tôi tin tưởng chắc chắn vào tính bền vững toàn diện, qua việc đầu tư vào cộng đồng mà chúng tôi hoạt động để tạo ra tác động xã hội tích cực," Watts nói.

"Quan hệ đối tác chiến lược của chúng tôi với ông Chan sẽ giúp cung cấp sự hỗ trợ và chuyên môn cần thiết để phát triển các cơ hội thương mại lâu dài ở Hong Kong một cách bền vững, đồng thời cũng giúp ông Chan sản xuất dầu Oud tại địa phương," ông nói.




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          Asia Markets: Stocks in Hong Kong, China try to stay afloat; Nikkei slips      Cache   Translate Page      
Asian stock markets were mixed in early Wednesday trading.

          Gov't to improve labour welfare      Cache   Translate Page      

The labour force is an important asset to the development of Hong Kong, and the Government accords top priority to improve labour welfare, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says.

 

Presenting her second Policy Address at the Legislative Council today, Mrs Lam said the proposed labour-related policy initiatives aim to foster good labour relations and share the fruits of economic growth with all walks of life.

 

The first initiative concerns the abolition of the “offsetting” arrangement under the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme.

 

The Government put forth a preliminary idea on abolishing the arrangement in March, and the Secretary for Labour & Welfare has proactively met with key stakeholders to listen to their views on the preliminary idea.

 

After careful consideration, the Government has decided to further enhance support for employers by extending the period of the second-tier subsidy to 25 years.

 

Together with the 12-year first-tier subsidy, the financial commitment of the entire government subsidy scheme will be significantly increased to $29.3 billion.

 

Mrs Lam said she believes that the new arrangement can reduce the impact of abolishing the “offsetting” arrangement on micro and small and medium-sized enterprises.

 

The Government aims to secure the passage of enabling legislation by the LegCo within its current term and implement the abolition of the arrangement two years after the passage of the legislative amendments.

 

On occupational safety and health, the Government will strengthen the processing of employees’ compensation claims with enhanced Claims Support Services to facilitate settlement of work injury disputes. It will also enhance follow-up procedures for sick leave relating to work injury.

 

The Labour Department will conduct more in-depth surprise checks and set up an online platform for employees to report unsafe working environments.

 

Mrs Lam said employees of government service contractors are an important source of human resources in the provision of government services.

 

A review of the employment terms and labour benefits of non-skilled employees engaged by government service contractors has been completed and suggested improvements, including providing a contractual gratuity, will be introduced to relevant government service contracts tendered on or after next April.

 

The Chief Executive also noted individual sectors, particularly the elderly care service sector, have long been encountering human resources shortage and recruitment difficulties.

 

Given the increasing need for additional subsidised elderly care services, the Government will review the practical circumstances and determine when and how to implement the importation of carers.

 

Mrs Lam added the operation of the Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services, which equips trainees and helps the social welfare care sector attract young people will continue.

 

She also said support for foreign domestic helpers and protection of their labour rights will be enhanced.


          CE rekindling hope for HK      Cache   Translate Page      

The 2018 Policy Address carries my unswerving determination in leading Hong Kong to strive forward, Chief Executive Carrie Lam says. While there are many words, they serve just one purpose: rekindling hope for Hong Kong.

 

Mrs Lam made the statement when delivering her second Policy Address at the Legislative Council today.
 

She noted in the past year or so, she and her political team have taken a pragmatic approach to care, listen and act while being innovative, interactive and collaborative in implementing their policy initiatives proactively.

 

This approach has been used to enhance Hong Kong’s position as a financial centre, including the revision of listing regulations and application of financial technologies; and forge ahead the development of innovation and technology, such as the establishment of I&T clusters on healthcare technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics technologies. The outcomes of these initiatives have been remarkable.

 

Mrs Lam added these are testimonies to her belief when she was running for Chief Executive: “Hong Kong people are outstanding and our foundations are solid. As long as we stand united and remain focused, I have no doubt that we will scale new heights!”

 

The Chief Executive also acknowledged that there is no perfect solution and it would be difficult to forge an absolute consensus in the community, yet divergence of views should not become an obstacle to the Government leading Hong Kong to make progress and more importantly, it should never bring Hong Kong to a standstill.

 

She added the Government has spent a lot of effort on many rounds of public consultations, whether on land supply options or abolishing the Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme’s “offsetting” arrangement, and that procrastination would only bring greater suffering to families and grassroots workers.

 

On the approach of “dealing with simple issues before the difficult ones” adopted by the Government in presenting many funding items to the LegCo after consultation with legislators of different parties, Mrs Lam said this has helped reduce confrontation in LegCo and contributed to the smooth passage of initiatives that benefit the economy and people’s livelihood.

 

She added the Government should act swiftly and boldly on matters which clearly serve the public interest.

 

In this Policy Address, she has proposed a total ban on electronic cigarettes to protect Hong Kong people’s health, actively promote primary healthcare services to change the present treatment-oriented healthcare system, and provide further resources for research and development - all of which are big strides towards clear objectives.

 

Mrs Lam noted such realisations stem from her experience as the Chief Executive and this may have added a personal touch to this year’s Policy Address, but in fact many parts of it also reflect the views presented by LegCo members and various sectors of the community.


          Greek Cycladic marble figure could reach $100K-$150K at Artemis Gallery auction      Cache   Translate Page      

Greek Cycladic Marble Figure of the Spedos Type, Ancient Greece, Cyclades, ca. 2500 to 2400 BCE. 6.5" H (16.5 cm). Estimate $100,000 - $150,000. Image provided by Artemis Gallery.

BOULDER, COLO.- World renowned for their expertly curated ancient and cultural art auctions, Bob and Teresa Dodge of Artemis Gallery will host a Thursday, October 11 sale comprising 417 lots of exceptional antiquities, Asian and ethnographic art. Each item boasts impeccable provenance and is offered with the gallery’s unconditional guarantee that it is authentic and legal to purchase, own, and if desired, resell. 

The highly anticipated auction, which invites absentee, phone and Internet live bidding, is a virtual timeline of the most significant civilizations of the past 4,000 years. As is the case with all of its sales, Artemis Gallery has organized the upcoming auction in a chronological manner, starting with the earliest pieces, from Ancient Egypt, and progressing through the modern era. 

The auction opens with Egyptian marble and pottery vessels, including a huge Pre-dynastic black-top jar, TL tested and estimated at $17,500-$25,000. A visually captivating, larger-than-lifesize Egyptian sarcophagus fragment of carved and painted cedar depicts a male head with bold facial features. Dating to 664-332 BCE, its auction estimate is $6,000-$8,000. Another fascinating relic is a beautifully painted circa-2nd century CE Romano-Egyptian plaster funerary head of a woman with a haunting facial expression. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.  

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Lot 1A. Huge Black-Top Pottery Jar w/ TL, Ancient Egypt, Predynastic period, late Naqada II to Naqada III, ca. 3200 to 3000 BCE. Size: 8.7" W x 18.875" H (22.1 cm x 47.9 cm); 19.4" H (49.3 cm) on included custom stand. Estimate $17,500 - $25,000Image courtesy Artemis Gallery.

An enormous hand-built marl clay jar with a russet-hued surface made with a thin iron-oxide slip. The burnished vessel has a tapering ovoid form with a petite circular rim and a rounded shoulder leading to a round, everted rim. The upper black-hued portion is comprised of thick carbon deposits formed by administering the top to thick clouds of smoke for extended periods of time in an oxygen-deprived environment. Black-top vessels originally rose in popularity during the early Naqada I, a culture which inhabited ancient Egypt during its predynastic period. The Naqada were first described by famed archaeologist William Flinders Petrie; however, relatively little is known about them except that they were focused around the site of El-Amra in central Egypt, west of the Nile River. Custom metal display stand included.

Note: Predynastic Egyptian black-topped vessels were traditionally made from silt deposits taken from the Nile river due to their abundance in iron and silica. After the pot had dried but before it was fired, it would first be burnished and rubbed smooth with a small stone to create the pinstripe vertical striations still visible today. An iron-rich slip would then be applied just before firing; when placed in an oxygen-rich environment, the elevated temperatures would create the vessels' signature red-orange hue.

After the end of the Naqada III period around 3,000 BCE, the use of Nile silt in pottery creations fell out of favor with the Predynastic Egyptians. This was due to the increase in the popularity of marl clay, a newly-discovered mixture of clay and lime used for creating terracotta objects. Marl vessels like this example were generally easier to form, required higher temperatures when firing which allowed for more controlled kiln environments, and were more receptive to applied decorations than the inferior, highly-porous Nile silt. A few blacktop examples have been found from later Dynastic periods, however they were likely used solely for ritualistic and/or ceremonial purposes.

For a stylistically-similar example from the Naqada II, please see The British Museum, museum number EA58522:

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Burnished black-topped redware jar, circa 3300 BC, Predynastic (Naqada IID), Height: 31.5 cm Width: 17.7 cm (max), EA58522. © The Trustees of the British Museum.

Another stylistically-similar example from the Naqada I hammered for GBP 12,500 ($16,181.22) at Christie's, London, South Kensington Antiquities Auction (sale 7207, October 25, 2012, lot 31).

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An Egyptian black-topped redware jar, Predynastic, Naqada I, circa 4000-3600 B.C.; 12¾ in. (32 cm.) high. Sold for 12,500 GBP at Christie's, London, October 25, 2012, lot 31. Courtesy Christie's.

This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Norman Blankman collection, New York, USA, acquired 1959.

Lot 6B. Egyptian Wooden Sarcophagus Head Fragment, Ancient Egypt, Late Period, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. Size: 15.25" W x 13.5" H (38.7 cm x 34.3 cm); 16.125" H (41 cm) on included custom stand. Estimate $6,000 - $8,000. Image courtesy Artemis Gallery.

This mask and others like it were traditionally carved from cedar. Interestingly, cedar wood was not native to Egypt. Egypt did not have verdant forests filled with tall trees, and unfortunately most of its native lumber was of relatively poor quality. Thus, they relied on importing to acquire hardwoods - ebony imported from Africa, cedar and pine from Lebanon. One fabulous obelisk inscription by Thutmose III attests to the luxury of treasured hardwoods. It reads as follows, "They brought to me the choicest products . . . consisting of cedar, juniper and of meru wood . . . all the good sweet woods of God's Land." The rarity of cedar meant that masks like this one were reserved for those who could afford them.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-private Pennsylvania, USA collection, acquired 35 years ago.

Lot 7A. Romano-Egyptian Plaster Head of a Woman, Roman controlled Egypt, ca. 2nd century CE. Size: 9.5" H (24.1 cm); 12" H (30.5 cm) on included custom stand. Estimate $10,000 - $15,000Image courtesy Artemis Gallery.

A hauntingly lifelike sculpted plaster funerary head of a young female presenting a beautiful face with a dimpled chin, her visage comprised of lined and lashed, large eyes, arched brows, an aquiline nose, closed ruby red lips, and smooth cheeks. Her elaborate, centrally parted coiffure features rolled tresses lining her forehead and running around her head to a braided bun at the back. Her skin is painted in peachy flesh tones, and she wears two necklaces (a green as well as a pink and red painted 'beaded' strand), hoop earrings, and a rose red garment. 

Note: Heads like this one reflect the profound change that the Greco-Roman world brought to Egypt. The naturalistic depiction of a person's face as a plaster mask or even full head replaced the stylized art of dynastic Egypt; hieroglyphs and other symbols painted on elaborate sarcophagi fell out of favor, and this head would have been a memorial alongside a simple wooden coffin. These heads were reserved for the elite, who were buried in small chapels, usually mummified and with other members of their family and/or town.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA; ex-private New York, USA collection; ex-Sotheby's, New York "Antiquities and Islamic Art" Auction (sale 5288, February 8, 1985, lot 275)

Unquestionably the star of the Ancient Greek art and antiquities section, a finely carved marble figure of a reclining female dates to circa 2500-2400 BCE and is typical of the sculpture of the Cyclades (island of Naxos). Its distinctive characteristics are known as the Spedos type, and the figure is stylistically similar to an example in The Getty museum. With a line of provenance that includes Jens Rid, an avid German collector of ancient idols, this important figure is expected to make $100,000-$150,000. A stunning 15.125-inch Greek Early Attic amphora, circa 530-520 BCE, displays captivating images of Athena, Ajax, Achilles and Herakles. Estimate: $50,000-$70,000.

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Lot 8A. Greek Cycladic Marble Figure of the Spedos Type, Ancient Greece, Cyclades, ca. 2500 to 2400 BCE. 6.5" H (16.5 cm). Estimate $100,000 - $150,000. Image provided by Artemis Gallery.

Finely carved from marble, a reclining female figure with her arms crossed, typical of the sculpture of the Cyclades in the mid-2000s BCE known as the Spedos variety, this name derived from an Early Cycladic cemetery on the island of Naxos. This canonical type is characterized by an elongated slender body with folded arms, a U-shaped head, and a sharply incised cleft between the legs. The anatomical details are characteristically minimized presenting a ?at, geometric quality. Incisions on the body delineate the arms crossed over the chest, define the abdomen and pubic triangle, and indicate knees. The breasts gently rendered as well. On the face, the protruding nose is pronounced, and it is possible that other details originally may have been delineated with brightly colored pigments. When viewed from the side, the back is straight and continues the line of the neck, while the head is dramatically arched and the knees bent and flexed, another characteristic trait of the Spedos type. 

Note: See a stylistically similar female Late Spedos Type with folded arms in the Getty Museum:

Female Figure of the Late Spedos Type; Attributed to the Steiner Master (Cycladic, active 2500 - 2400 B.C.); Cyclades, Greece; 2500–2400 B.C.; Marble; 59.9 × 12.2 × 4.5 cm (23 9/16 × 4 13/16 × 1 3/4 in.); 88.AA.80; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

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Female Figure of the Late Spedos Type, Attributed to the Steiner Master (Cycladic, active 2500 - 2400 B.C.), Cycladic, Cyclades, Greece, 2500–2400 B.C. Marble, 59.9 × 12.2 × 4.5 cm, 88.AA.80 © J. Paul Getty Trust

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-collection of Mr. Jens Rid of Germany who has owned the idol since the 1980s, and is an avid collector of ancient idols.

Lot 12. Greek Attic Amphora - Athena, Ajax, Achilles, Herakles, Ancient Greece, Athens, Early Attic, ca. 530 to 520 BCE. Size: 9.75" in diameter at widest point x 15.125" H (24.8 cm x 38.4 cm). Estimate $50,000 - $70,000. Image courtesy Artemis Gallery.

A very large and incredibly fine black-figure neck amphora of an exceptionally elegant, classic form - both sides expertly painted with mesmerizing mythological scenes. Side A features Herakles wrestling either the sea-god Triton or Nereus, the latter morphing into the former. The figures are engaged in an action-packed struggle involving major physical contortions - with details incised as well as delineated in red and white pigments. Side B presents an elaborately dressed Athena standing in composite profile as an interceder between a pair of fighting warriors - perhaps Ajax and Achilles - both donning helmets and wielding spears and shields (one shield adorned by an image of a roaring lion, an animal associated with Achilles). Athena is positioned between these leading men of the Greek army holding a spear of her own between them and raising her left hand in a gesture of protest. 

Note: Interestingly, other Attic vases depict Athena between a gaming Achilles and Ajax, but these warriors, in contrast, are fighting. In this context, it is more customary to see a bearded herald as the interceder, as on a neck amphora in the Victoria and Albert Museum, which also has Herakles and Triton on the obverse.

Adding to the piece is the rich decorative program: the register of stylized palmettes adorning the neck; bands of tongue motifs just below; symmetrical floral vines below each tripartite handle; and beneath the pictorial imagery a register of fine-line, stylized laurel buds with looping stems followed by rays emerging from the base below.

Ancient Athenian painters, including the painter of this vessel, took advantage of the large size of Attic vases which gave them more room to explore their techniques, overlap figures, present complex interactions between figures, create depth and attempt renderings of perspective, as well as add other colors such as the red and white pigments on the scene of Herakles vs. the Sea God as well as Athena and the fighting soldiers.

An Attic black-figure neck amphora at the J. Paul Getty Museum features a somewhat similar scene attributed to the Leagros Group (active 525 to 500 BCE), though with the warriors sitting rather than standing. The curatorial staff writes, "This scene was very popular in Athenian vase-painting of the late 500s B.C. and was a favorite of the painters in the Leagros Group. Some scholars believe that this mythological scene also served as a contemporary political parable on the value of staying alert, since the tyrant Peisistratos had been able to take control of the city of Athens while the army was distracted."

Attic Black-Figure Neck Amphora; Attributed to Leagros Group (Greek (Attic), active 525 - 500 B.C.); Athens, Greece, Europe; about 510 B.C.; Terracotta; 30.4 × 45.3 cm (11 15/16 × 17 13/16 in.); 86.AE.81; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California

Attic Black-Figure Neck Amphora. Attributed to Leagros Group (Greek (Attic), active 525 - 500 B.C.), Greek (Attic), Athens, Greece, about 510 B.C. Terracotta, 30.4 × 45.3 cm, 86.AE.81. © J. Paul Getty Trust.

This piece has been tested by Oxford Authentication using thermoluminescence (TL) and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.

Provenance: private Keating collection, Mill Valley, California, USA; ex-George T. Keating collection, acquired early 1950s

Moving on to art of the Roman Empire, the auction includes marbles, jewelry, stone mosaics, and coveted glass objects. One of top highlights in this category, a matched pair of hand-carved marble sarcophagus panels, circa 2nd-3rd century CE, depicts two youthful fishermen in relief. The skillfully executed panels could reach $8,000-$12,000 for the pair. 

Near Eastern treasures include an Anatolian marble Kusura-Beycesultan idol, ex Christies, $5,000-$7,000; a massive Phoenician stone vessel from the 1st millennium BCE, $15,000-$25,000; and a published byzantine marble reliquary with a gabled cover, $12,000-$15,000. 

The Asian art realm is culturally deep and geographically wide, as evidenced by the superb selection chosen for Artemis Gallery’s October 11 sale. A monumental TL-tested Chinese Han Dynasty terracotta horse, circa 206 BCE to 220 CE, is entered with a $150,000-$225,000 estimate, while a gorgeous 3rd to 5th-century Gandharan seated Buddha Shakyamuni, carved of stucco, is entered with a $15,000-$20,000 estimate. There are also several lots of precious antique Indian jewelry and a circa-1850 Indian bronze chari bottle with 24K gold lid, $30,000-$45,000. 

Monumental TL-tested terracotta horse, China, Han Dynasty, ca

Lot 53D. Monumental TL-tested terracotta horse, China, Han Dynasty, ca. 206 BCE to 220 CE. Size: 51" H (129.5 cm); 58" H (147.3 cm) on included custom stand. Estimate $150,000 - $225,000. Image courtesy Artemis Gallery

An incredible Han Dynasty Horse, striding forward with his front right hoof lifted, presenting an expressive visage with wide-open eyes, a pronounced snout with flared nostrils and an open mouth revealing his teeth, raised alert ears, a neatly manicured mane, raised and curled tail, and a finely delineated relief bridle. During the Han dynasty, the ancients placed such model figures in tombs to ensure a safe journey to the afterlife. Note how the sculptor skillfully delineated the muscular body of this noble steed. 

Note: During this period of Chinese history, horses came from the Ferghama Valley in Central Asia - present day Afghanistan. When elite individuals passed away, large "walking" terracotta Ferghama horses displaying an immense degree of attention to detail, like this example, were created to carry the deceased into the hereafter. The horse, second only in importance to the dragon, was believed to possess magical powers. The number of horses owned by an individual ensured his high status in the afterlife.

Funerary sculptures like this piece are part of a class of artifacts called mingqi - sometimes known as "spirit utensils" or "vessels for ghosts". They became popular in the Han Dynasty and would persist for several centuries. Alongside figures like this one were musicians, athletes, animals, structures … Even though they were mass produced, mingqi of the Han Dynasty often show a high level of detail and naturalism. These were designed to assist the po, the part of the soul of the deceased that remained underground with the body while the hun, the other part of the soul, ascended. Caring for the po seems to have taken on a new level of meaning in the Han period, with more elaborate rituals and tomb construction arising.

This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) twice - by QED Laboratoire and Artemis Testing Lab. According to both tests, the piece has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase. This piece was tested in 5 separate locations, all confirming the piece is authentic and ancient

Provenance: private collection of the late Karming Wong; approximate date of acquisition: late 1970 to early 1980. Horse was purchased by Karming Wong, who after leaving China during the Cultural Revolution became a private collector. Item was purchased from a dealer in Hong Kong and was transferred to Karming Wong's descendants upon his death in 2012.

Lot 47E. Gorgeous Gandharan Stucco Seated Buddha Shakyamuni, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Gandharan Empire, ca. 3rd to mid 5th century CE. Size: 9" L x 20.75" W x 27.5" H (22.9 cm x 52.7 cm x 69.8 cm); 30" H (76.2 cm) on included custom stand. Estimate $15,000 - $20,000Image courtesy Artemis Gallery.

A fantastic stucco portrayal of a youthful Buddha, known as Shakyamuni Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama, the crown prince of the Shakya Kingdom. He sits with his legs crossed, as if he is beneath a tree, meditating - how he would eventually come to enlightenment. He is seated on a low plinth and his hands rest in his lap in the Dhyana Mudra, used for meditation and deep concentration. His ears are long, emphasizing his wealth - they have been stretched from wearing large earrings. Here he is shown after his enlightenment, as evidenced by his large ushnisha, the rounded projection from the top of his head that symbolizes his newfound knowledge. Remains of a pale red pigment is on his hair, with black details on the eyebrows and eyelids. Mahayana Buddhism was very important in this region. Parthian, Greek, Roman, and Bactrian influences combined to create naturalistic human figures like this one. 

Note: Gandharans are famous for schist and stucco carvings, with stucco replacing schist as the dominant material around the 3rd century CE. Vast monastic institutions like those at Takht-i-Bahi, Sahri-Bahlol, Jamal Garhi, Ranigat, and Thareli were decorated by skilled artisans with stucco representations of important figures, religious scenes, and artistic dedications. Stucco allowed artists more freedom in portraying lifelike features, as shown in the gentle curve of the brow here. During this time, Gandhara was exceptionally wealthy, profiting from trade along the Silk Road; patrons had resources to spend on the arts, creating a flowering of stucco artwork.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection.

The Pre-Columbian art category features a rare and fine 12-inch Tonosi (Panama, circa 600-800 CE bi-chrome double-tiered olla. This massive vessel is painted with the image of an enormous tarantula on each side and exhibits a form known as the “Metropolitan Vessel,” so named because a similar example is held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s distinguished collection. Formerly owned by private collectors in Hawaii and Florida, this remarkable piece is entered in the auction with a $15,000-$20,000 estimate. 

Lot 90. Rare Tonosi Bi-Chrome Double Tiered Vessel w/ Tarantula, Pre-Columbian, Panama, Tonosi, ca. 600 to 800 CE. Size: 12" H (30.5 cm). Estimate $15,000 - $20,000. Image courtesy Artemis Gallery

A sizeable bi-chrome pottery vessel, its massive form comprised of a double-tiered olla and beautifully painted with an enormous tarantula spider on each side - head, thorax, and outspread legs covering the entire surface! This very large double-tiered, round-bottomed, globular polychrome pottery vessel is a form dubbed the "Metropolitan Vessel" because the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a similar vessel - only with a different iconographic program. The bold depiction of each arachnid is quite expressive with a wide-eyed visage, outspread legs with ridged edges that connote kinetic energy and magical dynamism! Though it was created more than 1000 years ago, the imagery conjures depictions of spiders in modern art such as Louise Bourgeois' striking, nearly 9 meters tall sculpture entitled "Maman" which graces the exterior of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. 

See the Metropolitan Museum of Art's double-tiered Tonosi jar

Double-tiered jar, 3rd–4th century, Panama, Tonosi, Ceramic. H. 8 x W. 8 1/2 in. (20.3 x 21.6 cm). Purchase, Arthur M. Bullowa Bequest, 2007; 2007.297. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For additional examples of tri-color, double-tiered vessels see Armande Labbe's, "Guardians of the Stream: Shamans, Art and Power in Prehispanic Central Panama" (The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art; University of Washington Press, 1995, p. 127).

Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-J. Berryman collection, Florida, USA 

Other categories and selected highlights include Viking arms and jewelry; fine art, a fantastic array of fossils, an 18th-century Hebrew Torah scroll from Morocco, a 19th-century Italian giltwood and glass reliquary cabinet, and a framed 19th-century Mexican ex voto on canvas, ex Sotheby’s. 

There are many ways in which to bid in the Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 auction, including absentee, by phone (please reserve line in advance), or live via the Internet. The sale starts at 10 a.m. Eastern Time and will be conducted simultaneously on three bidding platforms: ArtemisGallery.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, and Invaluable.com. An Artemis Gallery COA will accompany each and every purchase. Artemis Gallery ships worldwide and has its own in-house packing and shipping department to ensure quality control.


          Infrastructure Solutions Engineer - Hong Kong, Hong Kong (General), Hong Kong      Cache   Translate Page      
Group: Corporate Operations Group Division: Technology Recruiter: Kate Reid In this role, you will design and develop proposals as well as provide project management across the entire technical life cycle. Your ability to achieve consistent delivery of projects and act as a trusted liaison to both business and IT stakeholders..
          Skyscraper [videorecording on DVD] ALSO AVAILABLE IN BLU-RAY      Cache   Translate Page      
Global superstar Dwayne Johnson leads the cast as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and US war veteran Will Sawyer, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in Hong Kong he finds the tallest, safest building in the world, the Pearl, suddenly ablaze, and he|s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name, and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building, above the fire line.
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Maximize your potential. Tackle the world’s toughest problems. Build expertise in areas that matter to you. Become a global development leader.   Analyst Application Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on November 9, 2018   Position Description Our Asia team comprises 60 consulting staff across Mumbai, Delhi, Singapore and Hong Kong . Our team combines a unique depth of development expertise with experience from top-tier professional services firms and leading academic institutions. The background of our consultants typically encompasses: Work experience at leading management consultancy firms (such as McKinsey, BCG, Bain) Academic qualifications in economics, public policy, management and engineering from leading local and global institutions. First-hand experience implementing programs and initiatives in developing countries The Staffing Lead is expected to help deliver value to Dalberg Asia’s clients by ensuring the optimal staffing of all consulting staff to projects. Working closely with partners, the chief-operating-officer (COO), and managers, the Staffing Lead will manage overall staffing, focusing on allocating the right individuals to the right projects by optimizing for business needs, project requirements, and individuals’ professional development. The Staffing Lead will be an integral part of Dalberg Advisor’s Operations team who will support consultants and partners across the Asia region. It will be a full-time role, responsible for fulfilling staff requests as well as escalating queries that cannot be resolved to the COO. While the Staffing Lead will directly report to the Asia COO, they will also liaise with Asia and global leadership to align on staffing priorities. Key responsibilities include: Staffing allocation Be the central coordinator of talent to manage staffing demands of Partners, Consultants and projects across Asia Maintain tracking of staffing pipeline by attending weekly meetings and through daily interactions with the team Collate staffing requests systematically, develop / estimate weekly staffing requirements and communicate them in a timely manner to Partners, COO Staff project teams in timely and appropriately, taking into account: Needs of case in terms of seniority and skills Business needs (cost, revenue implications) Client / project needs Individuals’ professional development and other staffing needs Own / maintain all staffing-related documentation, databases and tools Staffing capacity management Monitor short and medium resource levels and make recommendations to Partners and the COO for standard work and contingency planning Monitor work levels and address any imbalances as appropriate and highlight well-being issues to Partners and the COO Proactively arrange staff from other divisions or offices when there are no staff available within the region Approval of leave / LOA / transfers etc. for consultant staff members in accordance with the upcoming project pipeline and staffing needs Establish appropriate relationships with staff at all levels within the region Projects Work alongside the COO to continuously improve Asia staffing processes and support global initiatives as needed Lead or support other office projects related to staffing (e.g. working with Finance Team on project finances) as required   Typical Qualifications Bachelor’s degree A minimum of 5 to 7 years work experience in a corporate consulting or professional services environment Ideally, previous experience in a resource planning / people-management role Strong analytical ability, especially capacity to identify, synthesize and effectively communicate trends and patterns in data Exemplary organizational and time management skills, with the ability to multi-task Excellent verbal and written communication skills Proficient with various Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)   Attributes Professional, approachable and flexible Proactive, confident and motivated Sound commercial and business judgement, and objectivity to make high quality decisions Strong attention to detail and good at prioritizing workload Excellent communication, team and internal stakeholder (partners, managers and consulting staff) management skills Able to deal with highly sensitive and confidential information / situations Empathic to consulting staff needs /preferences Note: Employment in all the Dalberg offices is conditional on the candidate having or obtaining the requisite authorization to live and work in that country . Join Our Team! We are looking for this person to be based out of Mumbai or New Delhi. If this resonates with you, we encourage you to apply via our website - https://dalberg.com/join-our-team/current-openings Your application must include a resume and cover letter. We will be in touch with shortlisted candidates to take the interview process forward.  
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          World's Most Powerful Passport Revealed As Countries' Global Rankings Shift      Cache   Translate Page      
Japan passport holders will find it easier than ever to travel the world, as their travel documents have just moved up in the global Henley Passport Index to take the top spot.

The Henley Passport Index is a ranking of all of the passports in the world based on the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free.

Until now Japan had been sharing joint first place with Singapore, which gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan earlier this year bringing its total to 189 countries.

However, earlier this month Japan gained visa-free access to Myanmar bringing its total to 190 - once again taking it to the top spot.


It's still a milestone for both Japan and Singapore, as 2018 is the first year in the index's 13-year history that either of them has had the most powerful passport in the world.
Both are way ahead of the UK and US which share fifth place with Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg - but it's worth noting that the top four spots are shared by 10 countries.

Experts had previously revealed that the UK ranking is unlikely to increase until there is certainty regarding Brexit.
Full Henley Passport Index 2018

    Japan (190 countries)
    Singapore (189 countries)
    Germany, France, South Korea (188 countries)
    Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sweden, Spain (187 countries)
    Norway, UK, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, USA (186 countries)
    Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada (185 countries)
    Australia, Greece, Malta (183 countries)
    New Zealand, Czech Republic (182 countries)
    Iceland (181 countries)
    Hungary, Slovenia, Malyasia (180 countries)
    Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania (179 countries)
    Liechtenstein, Estonia (178 countries)
    Poland (175 countries)
    Monaco, Chile (174 countries)
    Cyprus (173 countries)
    Brazil (171 countries)
    Argentina, Hong Kong (170 countries)
    Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania (169 countries)
    Andorra, San Marino (168 countries)
    Brunei (165 countries)
    Israel, Barbados, UAE (161 countries)
    Mexico (158 countries)
    Bahamas (155 countries)
    Uruguay (154 countries)
    Seychelles (152 countries)
    St Kitts & Nevis (151 countries)
    Antigua (150 countries)
    Costa Rica (149 countries)
    Vatican City, Taiwan (148 countries)
    Trinidad and Tobago (147 countries)
    Mauritius, St Lucia (146 countries)
    St Vincent and the Grenadines (145 countries)
    Macao, Grenada (144 countries)
    Paraguay (143 countries)
    Panama (141 countries)
    Venezulea, Honduras (138 countries)
    Dominica, Guatemala, El Savador (137 countries)
    Peru (135 countries)
    Serbia, Solomon Islands (130 countries)
    Samoa, Vanuatu (129 countries)
    Nicaragua, Ukraine (128 countries)
    Colombia, Tuvalu (127 countries)
    Macedonia (125 countries)
    Marshall Islands, Tonga (124 countries)
    Kiribati, Montenegro (123 countries)
    Micronesia, Moldova (122 countries)
    Russia, Palau Islands (119 countries)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina (118 countries)
    Albania (114 countries)
    Georgia (112 countries)
    Turkey (111 countries)
    South Africa (102 countries)
    Belize (101 countries)
    Timor-Leste (98 countries)
    Ecuador, Kuwait (93 countries)
    Fiji (90 countries)
    Guyana (88 countries)
    Maldives (87 countries)
    Nauru (86 countries)
    Qatar (85 countries)
    Jamaica (84 countries)
    Papua New Guinea (83 countries)
    Botswana (82 countries)
    Bahrain (81 countries)
    Suriname (80 countries)
    Bolivia (79 countries)
    Oman (78 countries)
    Belarus, Thailand (77 countries)
    Namibia, Kazakhstan (76 countries)
    Saudi Arabia (75 countries)
    Lesotho, China (74 countries)
    Indonesia (73 countries)
    Swaziland, Kenya, Malawi (71 countries)
    Gambia, Tanzania, Zambia (68 countries)
    Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Philippines, Dominican Republic (66 countries)
    Cape Verde, Cuba (65 countries)
    Uganda, Zimbabwe (64 countries)
    Ghana, Kyrgyzstan (63 countries)
    Sierra Leone (62 countries)
    Armenia, Benin, Morocco, Mongolia (61 countries)
    India (60 countries)
    Uzbekistan (59 countries)
    Sao Tome, Mauritania, Mozambique, Tajikistan (58 countries)
    Burkina Faso (57 countries)
    Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea (56 countries)
    Mali, Gabon, Bhutan (55 countries)
    Togo, Niger, Cambodia, Rwanda (54 countries)
    Chad, Madagascar, Guinea-Bissau, Turkmenistan (53 countries)
    Comores Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Laos (52 countries)
    Vietnam (51 countries)
    Algeria, Jordan (50 countries)
    Central African Republic, Angola, Egypt (49 countries)
    Cameroon, Myanmar (48 countries)
    Liberia, Nigeria, Congo (Republic) (47 countries)
    Burundi (46 countries)
    Djibouti (45 countries)
    Kosovo (44 countries)
    Congo (Democratic Republic), Iran (43 countries)
    Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, North Korea (42 countries)
    South Sudan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Libya (41 countries)
    Nepal (40 countries)
    Sudan, Eritrea, Palestinian Territory (39 countries)
    Yemen (37 countries)
    Pakistan (33 countries)
    Somalia, Syria (32 countries)
    Iraq, Afghanistan (30 countries)



          Hong Kong to ban e-cigarettes, other new smoking products      Cache   Translate Page      

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong's leader says the semi-autonomous Chinese territory plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health.

Carrie Lam said in an annual policy address Wednesday that her government was drawing up proposed legislation to forbid the import, manufacture, sale, distribution and ...

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Hong Kong's leader promised on Wednesday to ease the city's chronic housing shortage by boosting the supply of land through reclamation and redevelopment projects and allocate more space for public housing.

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Some Hong Kong lawmakers walked out of the Legislative Council as city leader Carrie Lam was about to give her annual policy address on Wednesday, protesting against the rejection of a work visa for a senior British journalist.

          HIGHLIGHTS-Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam delivers policy address      Cache   Translate Page      
The following are highlights of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's second annual policy address on Wednesday, mapping out her priorities for the former British colony which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

          China stocks fall on growth, trade worries; Hong Kong rebounds      Cache   Translate Page      
Shares in China fell on Wednesday morning, dragged down by consumer firms and extending blue-chip losses into a third consecutive day, amid mounting concerns over slowing domestic growth and the impact of an escalating Sino-U.S. trade war.

          Interpol chief vanishes on trip to China      Cache   Translate Page      
Random Lurker: "France has opened an investigation into the disappearance of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese head of the international police agency Interpol.

His family have not heard from him since he left Interpol HQ in the French city of Lyon for a trip back to China a week ago, police sources say.

The South China Morning Post quoted a source as saying Mr Meng, 64, was "taken away" for questioning in China.

The Hong Kong-based newspaper added that it was not clear why he was being investigated by "discipline authorities" or where he was being held."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45761466

What could make the Chinese authorities want to jail Hongwei who is a senior Communist Party official and has served as Chinese vice-minister of public security?
          Cost Of Daily Commute In Hong Kong To Double As Government Bids To Ease Congestion At Notorious Harbour Crossings      Cache   Translate Page      


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Hong Kong will "fearlessly take action" against independence calls and protect China's interests, leader Carrie Lam said Wednesday, as concerns grow that the...
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By James PomfretHONG KONG, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Some Hong Kong lawmakers walked out of the Legislative Council as city leader Carrie Lam was about to give...
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Hong Kong should revisit its immigration and population planning policies as part of efforts to tackle the city’s housing problem, according to a top official at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), the global real estate services firm.  “Under the existing One-way Permit scheme, new arrivals in Hong Kong may reach nearly 60,000 per year, meaning that […]
          Hong Kong well placed to tap blockchain opportunities      Cache   Translate Page      
The tech and innovation industry has witnessed rapid growth in China and has become a key growth engine for the mainland economy. Hong Kong has also put increasing focus on the industry with support from Beijing, as evidenced by initiatives like the establishment of the Innovation and Technology Bureau, tax refund for corporates’ R&D spending, […]
          Lam: Govt will ‘fearlessly’ act against independence advocates      Cache   Translate Page      
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor warned the government will not tolerate any act that advocates Hong Kong independence and threatens the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests. “We will fearlessly take actions against such acts according to the law in order to safeguard the interests of the country and Hong Kong,” Lam said in her […]
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HONG KONG, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The following are highlights of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's second annual policy address on Wednesday, mapping out her...
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HONG KONG, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Hong Kong lawmakers protested in support of media freedoms on Wednesday ahead of city leader Carrie Lam's annual policy...
          TE Connectivity Offers Portable Crimp Tools for All Market Needs      Cache   Translate Page      

TE Connectivity (TE) provides a wide variety of portable crimp tools. TE’s SDE dies can be used across platforms from manual to pneumatic to battery-powered. Hong Kong, October 06, 2018 /PressReleasePing/ – TE Connectivity (TE) provides a wide variety of portable crimp tools. TE’s SDE dies can be used across platforms from manual to pneumatic

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          TE Connectivity Announced Sliver Internal Cabled Interconnects      Cache   Translate Page      

TE Connectivity (TE) announced Sliver internal cabled interconnect system provides a solution to data rate increase challenges. It is flexible, robust and provides optimal signal integrity – while also saving space and lowering design costs. Hong Kong, October 06, 2018 /PressReleasePing/ – TE Connectivity (TE) announced Sliver internal cabled interconnect system provides a solution to

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          Hong Kong vs Thailand, Oct 11, 2018 – Preview, Watch and Bet, Score      Cache   Translate Page      
香港 – ประเทศไทย (local team names) Friendly, Hong Kong – Thailand, Thursday, 8:00 am ET Score, Highlights Probability of winning Hong Kong 19.74% Draw 24.36% Thailand 55.9% Short Preview In this match Thailand is a favorite.Last 1 head-to-head matches Hong Kong won 0 matches, drawn 0 matches, lost 1 matches and goals 0-1. Prediction (the…
          New Record: Wire Message from Secretary of State to American Consul in Hong Kong - re: Christmas Packages - 31 December 1969      Cache   Translate Page      
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HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader says the semi-autonomous Chinese territory plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health.Carrie Lam said in an annual policy address Wednesday that her government was drawin
          New Record: Wire Message from Secretary of State to American Consul Hong Kong - re: Packages to US POW's in North Vietnam - 31 December 1969      Cache   Translate Page      
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          New Record: Hong Kong Reports: Interrogation Reports - 31 December 1969      Cache   Translate Page      
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Lion Rock is a symbolic mountain in the heart of Hong Kong. To the brave-hearted, it's also a favorite rock climbing spot.

          Tencent’s $220bn rout is breaking all kinds of records      Cache   Translate Page      
Tencent has entered uncharted territory, its 38% drop from a closing high in January is now the deepest since Tencent’s 2004 listing in Hong Kong.
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HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health, the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory said Wednesday. Carrie Lam said in an annual policy address that her government was drawing up proposed legislation to forbid the import, manufacture, sale, distribution and advertisement of products […]
          A doctor killed his family using a yoga ball filled with toxic gas, Hong Kong prosecutors say      Cache   Translate Page      
A bright yellow Mini Cooper sat parked near a bus stop in Ma On Shan, a town in Hong Kong. It was not raining that day in 2015, but the windshield wipers were still running, scraping against the dry glass; and, a passerby later said, it appeared that Wong Siew-fung and her 16-year-old daughter had fallen asleep inside the car. But 45 minutes later, the same witness said, they had not moved. The mother and daughter were rushed to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead. The account comes from court testimony reported by the South China Morning Post. Prosecutors...
          Made in Asia, Sourced in Hong Kong in October And Sold Worldwide      Cache   Translate Page      
HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 10 October 2018 – Once again Hong Kong will be at the centre of sourcing this coming October for 45,000 worldwide buyers.  Two show dates over seven days with just under 4000 suppliers will ensure a must-attend marketplace for directional products, inspirational ideas plus outstanding innovations.     […]
          Teledyne e2v’s Emerald 12M and 16M image sensors enter mass production      Cache   Translate Page      
HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 10 October 2018 – Teledyne e2v, a Teledyne Technologies company and global innovator of imaging solutions, announces that its Emerald 12M and 16M CMOS image sensors, developed for optical inspection and factory automation, have now gone into mass production and are available for high volume purchase.   These two sensors are members of Teledyne e2v’s […]
          Teledyne e2v expands its Emerald CMOS image sensor family with the addition of a new 8.9 Megapixel detector for machine vision and intelligent traffic systems      Cache   Translate Page      
HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 10 October 2018 – Teledyne e2v, a Teledyne Technologies company and global innovator of imaging solutions, announces that samples are now available for Emerald 8M9, the newest member of the Emerald CMOS image sensor family, which is dedicated to machine vision and Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) applications. Emerald 8M9 features a small, 2.8µm low-noise global […]
          South China Morning Post: Experienced Digital Copy Editors, South China Morning Post - Hong Kong      Cache   Translate Page      
DoE: South China Morning Post: We are seeking talented, experienced and passionate copy editors with both online and print skills. Hong Kong (HK)
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DoE: South China Morning Post: We are seeking talented, experienced and passionate copy editors with both online and print skills. Hong Kong (HK)
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Some Hong Kong lawmakers walked out of the Legislative Council as city leader Carrie Lam was about to give her annual policy address on Wednesday, protesting against the rejection of a work visa for a senior British journalist.

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HONG KONG (AP) " Hong Kong's leader says the semi-autonomous Chinese territory plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health.Carrie Lam said in an annual policy address Wednesday that her government was drawing up proposed legislation to forbid the import, manufacture, sale, distribution and advertisement of products used in the pastime known as vaping.E-cigarettes typically contain the stimulant nicotine and there is little research on their [...]
          Пресс-релизы: Huawei и China Mobile Hong Kong создадут транспортную сеть с прицелом на 5G      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Strangers – 1ª Temporada Legendado      Cache   Translate Page      

Jonah Mulray (John Simm, de Intruders e The Catch) é um professor que vê o mundo desabar quando sua esposa morre em um acidente de carro em Hong Kong. Embora sua esposa vivesse e trabalhasse lá há seis meses, o medo de voar de Jonah o impediu de visitá-la. Agora forçado a abandonar sua vida […]

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          Policy Address politically brave: CS      Cache   Translate Page      

The 2018 Policy Address fully reflects the Government’s political courage to tackle difficult tasks head-on.

 

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung made the statement to the media today after Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivered her Policy Address at the Legislative Council.

 

He said the Policy Address’ theme of “Striving Ahead, Rekindling Hope” underlines the current-term Government’s determination to propel Hong Kong forward in the face of increasingly fierce regional and global competition.

 

The Government also needs to bring hope to all sectors of the community and vigorously promote upward social mobility, he added.

 

“We have rolled out altogether 244 new measures. They fully reflect the Government’s political courage to tackle difficult tasks head-on. We are resolute and persistent in confronting the various long-entrenched and deep-seated problems.”

 

Mr Cheung said a package of new measures has been announced to boost housing supply in the short to medium term, one of the highlights being the Lantau Tomorrow Vision project, which will provide 260,000 to 400,000 housing units and create 340,000 jobs.

 

A number of major initiatives will be rolled out to improve people’s livelihood on all fronts, he added.

 

A key example is to substantially enhance the financial support for employers and micro, small and medium enterprises in preparing them for the abolition of the Mandatory Provident Fund's “offsetting” arrangement, which would cost the Government $29.3 billion over 25 years.

 

“The current-term Government will continue to perform our roles as facilitator and promoter to proactively foster Hong Kong’s long-term economic and social development, provide more land for housing and future economic activities, reinforce Hong Kong’s advantages by stepping up investment in education as well as innovation and technology, scale up our established industries, improve people’s livelihood and promote quality living.

 

“In short, our aim is for the Government to join hands with the whole community to forge and build a future full of hope and opportunities,” Mr Cheung said.


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Hong Kong plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products

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Quand Deng Xiaoping imagina en 1982 la rétrocession de Hong Kong à la Chine sous la bannière "Un pays, deux systèmes", et qu’il promit par conséquent à l’ex-colonie britannique " un haut degré d’autonomie" pendant cinquante ans à compter du ...
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Investment banks sponsoring initial public offerings (IPOs) in Hong Kong are still performing below expectations and the securities regulator will take further steps to improve standards, a senior official said on Wednesday.

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HONG KONG: The Excelsior, an iconic hotel overlooking the Victoria Harbour, will be shut down at the end of March next year, in a move some analysts said could reduce room supply in the Causeway Bay area by up to 8 per cent and drive prices up at competing hotels. Mandarin Oriental International ...
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HONG KONG: Hong Kong will "fearlessly take action" against independence calls and protect China's interests, leader Carrie Lam said Wednesday (Oct 10), as concerns grow that the city's freedoms face an unprecedented challenge from Beijing. Lam's annual policy address came as her government stood ...
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Hong Kong - Les autorités hongkongaises "agiront sans faiblesse" contre les appels à l'indépendance et pour protéger les intérêts chinois, a déclaré mercredi le chef de son exécutif, au moment où Pékin semble durcir son emprise sur l'ex-colonie britannique.
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SINGAPORE: K-pop sensation BTS will perform in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok next year as part of its Love Yourself world tour, its agency BitHit Entertainment announced on Wednesday (Oct 10).  The hugely popular septet, who became the first K-pop act to address the United Nations in September ...
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Some Hong Kong lawmakers walked out of the Legislative Council as city leader Carrie Lam was about to give her annual policy address on Wednesday, protesting against the rejection of a work visa for a senior British journalist.

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Some Hong Kong lawmakers walked out of the Legislative Council as city leader Carrie Lam was about to give her annual policy address on Wednesday, protesting against the rejection of a work visa for a senior British journalist.

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More than a dozen lawmakers have walked out while Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam laid out her vision for the city. The lawmakers warned of a press crackdown after a British journalist was given a week to leave the country.
          健康空氣行動回應 2018 年施政報告      Cache   Translate Page      


就 2018 年施政報告有關空氣質素及交通的內容,健康空氣行動的回應如下:

交通及車輛減排

  1. 2023 年年底前分階段淘汰約 40,000 輛歐盟四期柴油商業車
    健康空氣行動歡迎有關建議,歐盟四期的柴油商業車約佔所有柴油商業車的 23% ,提早退役更換歐六型號有助改善路邊空氣污染質素,但應參考倫敦等地的例子,儘快訂立商業車電動化的時間表,不遲於 2040 年全面電動化。
  2. 在 2019 年上半年提出實行電子道路收費先導計劃的具體方案
    健康空氣行動認為,電子道路收費計劃必須與污染掛勾 (polluters-pay principle) ,即較高排放污染的車輛,應該繳付較高的費用,而所得費用可用作補貼公共交通,減輕市民的通勤負擔,鼓勵更多人放棄在交通繁忙時段使用私家車,減少交通擠塞及路面空氣污染。
  3. 全數資助試驗為歐盟四期及歐盟五期專營巴士加裝強化選擇性催化還原器
    由於選擇性催化還原器的壽命一般只有一年半至兩年,健康空氣行動認為有關措施的減排成效有限,我們建議政府應該不遲於 2036 年全面電動化巴士,特首任期內應推動提升現有低排放區的排放標準至零排放巴士。健康空氣行動估算,假如現時所有駛經低排放區的巴士,都轉變為零排放巴士,一年將可減少 650 噸的氮氧化物排放 [1] ,幾乎是香港所有私家車一年的排放量。

區域臭氧及有機揮發性排放物 (VOC) 控制

  1. 聯同廣東省及澳門特區政府把揮發性有機化合物納入珠江三角洲區域空氣監測
    健康空氣行動歡迎所有實證為本的政策建議,不過監測 VOC 只是解決臭氧高企問題的第一步,我們認為政府在《2020 年後粵港空氣污染物減排目標和濃度水平》的研究報告,必須訂立臭氧的具體減排的濃度目標。

船舶污染

  1. 規定自2019年1月起在香港水域內的船隻必須使用低硫燃料
    這是經過一眾環保團體、學界及業界共同爭取的成果。健康空氣行動認為,香港必須保持在珠三角以至全國範圍的先行者角色,盡快推動在香港水域內的船隻的燃料含硫量,由 2019 年的 0.5% ,降低至 0.1% ,以配合國際船舶行業的減排趨勢。
  2. 制訂綠色渡輪試驗計劃
    健康空氣行動歡迎有關計劃,健康空氣行動一直爭取在香港興建岸電,本地渡輪的全面電動化(包括船隻及岸電設施),將有助減低市民海路通勤時曝露的空氣污染。

註:

  1. 有關巴士的排放因子 (emission factor) 的估算來自環保署文件:Wong, C. (2016). Recent Findings in On-board Vehicle Emission Measurement and Modelling in Hong Kong. Retrieved from https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cee/MOVE2016/4c-04-WONG.pdf

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Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Laju Indeks Harga Saham Gabungan (IHSG) mampu bergerak di zona hijau pada perdagangan Rabu pekan ini. Hal itu ditopang dari nilai tukar rupiah menguat terhadap dolar Amerika Serikat (AS).

Pada penutupan perdagangan saham, Rabu (10/10/2018), IHSG menanjak 23,87 poin atau 0,41 persen ke posisi 5.820,66. Indeks saham LQ45 mendaki 0,35 persen ke posisi 914,97. Sebagian besar indeks saham acuan menghijau.

Sebanyak 220 saham menguat sehingga mengangkat IHSG ke zona hijau. 172 saham melemah dan 122 saham diam di tempat. Pada Rabu pekan ini, IHSG sempat berada di level tertinggi 5.832,92 dan terendah 5.798,74.

Total frekuensi perdagangan saham 349.878 kali dengan volume perdagangan saham 14,7 miliar saham. Nilai transaksi harian saham Rp 7,3 triliun. Investor asing jual saham Rp 429,40 miliar di pasar regular. Posisi dolar Amerika Serikat (AS) berada di Rp 15.185.

Secara sektoral, sebagian besar sektor saham menguat kecuali sektor saham industri dasar melemah 0,28 persen dan aneka industri susut 0,67 persen.

Sektor saham barang konsumsi mendaki 1,19 persen, dan catatkan penguatan terbesar. Disusul sektor saham infrastruktur menguat 0,86 persen dan sektor saham tambang mendaki 0,95 persen.

Saham pendatang baru yaitu saham GOOD melonjak 49,81 persen ke posisi Rp 1.925 per saham, saham DUCK menanjak 49,50 persen ke posisi Rp 755 per saham. Selain itu, saham MPRO menguat 34,76 persen ke posisi Rp 252 per saham.

Saham-saham yang tertekan antara lain saham MFMI merosot 16,57 persen ke posisi Rp 700 per saham, saham ECII tergelincir 11,50 persen ke posisi Rp 1.000 per saham, dan saham TFCO susut 10,76 persen ke posisi Rp 705 per saham.

Bursa saham Asia sebagian besar menguat. Indeks saham Hong Kong Hang Seng naik 0,08 persen, indeks saham Jepang Nikkei mendaki 0,16 persen, indeks saham Thailand menguat 1,15 persen, dan catatkan penguatan terbesar.

Selain itu, indeks saham Shanghai menguat 0,18 persen. Indeks saham Korea Selatan Kospi melemah 1,12 persen dan indeks saham Singapura merosot 1,11 persen.

Analis PT Indosurya Sekuritas, William S. menuturkan, penguatan IHSG bersifat teknikal. Selain itu ditambah rilis data kinerja emiten kuartal III 2018.

 

 

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IHSG Menguat pada Awal Sesi Perdagangan

Suasana di salah satu ruangan di kantor Bursa Efek Indonesia, Jakarta, Selasa (2/1). Sebelumnya, Perdagangan Indeks Harga Saham Gabungan (IHSG) 2017 ditutup pada level 6.355,65 poin. (Liputan6.com/Faizal Fanani)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Sebelumnya, gerak Indeks Harga Saham Gabungan (IHSG) menguat pada perdagangan saham Rabu pekan ini. Penguatan IHSG terjadi meski investor asing masih jual saham.

Pada pra-pembukaan perdagangan saham, Rabu 10 Oktober 2018, IHSG menguat 18,46 poin atau 0,32 persen ke posisi 5.815,28. Pada pembukaan pukul 09.00 WIB, IHSG menanjak 28,18 poin atau 0,49 persen ke posisi 5.824,10. Indeks saham LQ45 menanjak 0,59 persen ke posisi 917,28. Seluruh indeks saham acuan kompak menguat.

Sebanyak 132 saham menghijau sehingga mengangkat IHSG. Sebanyak 45 saham melemah dan 93 saham diam di tempat.

Pada awal perdagangan, IHSG sempat berada di level tertinggi 5.830,58 dan terendah 5.814,05. Total frekuensi perdagangan saham 14.429 kali dengan volume perdagangan saham 429,2 juta saham. Nilai transaksi harian saham Rp 210,8 miliar.

Investor asing jual saham Rp 20,25 miliar di pasar regular. Posisi dolar Amerika Serikat (AS) berada di posisi Rp 15.209.

Sebagian besar sektor saham menghijau, kecuali sektor saham aneka industri melemah 0,07 persen. Sektor saham konstruksi menguat 0,69 persen, sektor saham keuangan menanjak 0,62 persen, dan sektor saham tambang mendaki 0,58 persen.

Saham-saham yang menguat antara lain merupakan pendatang baru di Bursa Efek Indonesia (BEI), antara lain saham GOOD naik 49,81 persen ke posisi Rp 1.925 per saham, saham DUCK menanjak 49,50 persen ke posisi Rp 755 per saham. Selain itu, saham KPAS menguat 24,43 persen ke posisi Rp 550 per saham dan saham SURE menanjak 24,83 persen ke posisi Rp 505 per saham.

Adapun saham yang tertekan, antara lain saham BTEK melemah 10,48 persen ke posisi Rp 111 per saham, saham TNCA merosot 9,68 persen ke posisi Rp 140 per saham, dan saham SHIP tergelincir 4,81 persen ke posisi Rp 990 per saham.

Bursa saham Asia sebagian besar melemah. Indeks saham Hong Kong Hang Seng menguat 1,09 persen dan indeks saham Shanghai menguat 0,70 persen. Sementara itu, indeks saham Korea Selatan Kospi susut 0,58 persen, indeks saham Singapura melemah 0,18 persen.

 

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LATE ON A THURSDAY evening in February 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plane landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for his first visit with President Donald Trump. A few hours earlier, the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s Boeing 737, which is so large it can seat 149 people, touched down at Reagan National Airport after a flight from Las Vegas.

Adelson dined that night at the White House with Trump, Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, were among Trump’s biggest benefactors, writing checks for $20 million in the campaign and pitching in an additional $5 million for the inaugural festivities.

Adelson was in town to see the Japanese prime minister about a much greater sum of money. Japan, after years of acrimonious public debate, has legalized casinos. For more than a decade, Adelson and his company, Las Vegas Sands, have sought to build a multibillion-dollar casino resort there. He has called expanding to the country, one of the world’s last major untapped markets, the “holy grail.” Nearly every major casino company in the world is competing to secure one of a limited number of licenses to enter a market worth up to $25 billion per year. “This opportunity won’t come along again, potentially ever,” said Kahlil Philander, an academic who studies the industry.

The morning after his White House dinner, Adelson attended a breakfast in Washington with Abe and a small group of American CEOs, including two others from the casino industry. Adelson and the other executives raised the casino issue with Abe, according to an attendee.

Adelson had a potent ally in his quest: the new president of the United States. Following the business breakfast, Abe had a meeting with Trump before boarding Air Force One for a weekend at Mar-a-Lago. The two heads of state dined with Patriots owner Bob Kraft and golfed at Trump National Jupiter Golf Club with the South African golfer Ernie Els. During a meeting at Mar-a-Lago that weekend, Trump raised Adelson’s casino bid to Abe, according to two people briefed on the meeting. The Japanese side was surprised.

“It was totally brought up out of the blue,” according to one of the people briefed on the exchange. “They were a little incredulous that he would be so brazen.” After Trump told Abe he should strongly consider Las Vegas Sands for a license, “Abe didn’t really respond, and said thank you for the information,” this person said.

Trump also mentioned at least one other casino operator. Accounts differ on whether it was MGM or Wynn Resorts, then run by Trump donor and then-Republican National Committee finance chairman Steve Wynn. The Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported the president also mentioned MGM and Abe instructed an aide who was present to jot down the names of both companies. Questioned about the meeting, Abe said in remarks before the Japanese legislature in July that Trump had not passed on requests from casino companies but did not deny that the topic had come up.

The president raising a top donor’s personal business interests directly with a foreign head of state would violate longstanding norms. “That should be nowhere near the agenda of senior officials,” said Brian Harding, a Japan expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “U.S.-Japan relations is about the security of the Asia-Pacific, China and economic issues.”

Adelson has told his shareholders to expect good news. On a recent earnings call, Adelson cited unnamed insiders as saying Sands’ efforts to win a place in the Japanese market will pay off. “The estimates by people who know, say they know, whom we believe they know, say that we’re in the No. 1 pole position,” he said.

After decades as a major Republican donor, Adelson is known as an ideological figure, motivated by his desire to influence U.S. policy to help Israel. “I’m a one-issue person. That issue is Israel,” he said last year. On that issue — Israel — Trump has delivered. The administration has slashed funding for aid to Palestinian refugees and scrapped the Iran nuclear deal. Attending the recent opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Adelson seemed to almost weep with joy, according to an attendee.

But his reputation as an Israel advocate has obscured a through-line in his career: He has used his political access to push his financial self-interest. Not only has Trump touted Sands’ interests in Japan, but his administration also installed an executive from the casino industry in a top position in the U.S. embassy in Tokyo. Adelson’s influence reverberates through this administration. Cabinet-level officials jump when he calls. One who displeased him was replaced. He has helped a friend’s company get a research deal with the Environmental Protection Agency. And Adelson has already received a windfall from Trump’s new tax law, which particularly favored companies like Las Vegas Sands. The company estimated the benefit of the law at $1.2 billion.

Adelson’s influence is not absolute: His company’s casinos in Macau are vulnerable in Trump’s trade war with China, which controls the former Portuguese colony near Hong Kong. If the Chinese government chose to retaliate by targeting Macau, where Sands has several large properties, it could hurt Adelson’s bottom line. So far, there’s no evidence that has happened.

The White House declined to comment on Adelson. The Japanese Embassy in Washington declined to comment. Sands spokesman Ron Reese declined to answer detailed questions but said in a statement: “The gaming industry has long sought the opportunity to enter the Japan market. Gaming companies have spent significant resources there on that effort and Las Vegas Sands is no exception.”

Reese added: “If our company has any advantage it would be because of our significant Asian operating experience and our unique convention-based business model. Any suggestion we are favored for some other reason is not based on the reality of the process in Japan or the integrity of the officials involved in it.”

With a fortune estimated at $35 billion, Adelson is the 21st-richest person in the world, according to Forbes. In August, when he celebrated his 85th birthday in Las Vegas, the party stretched over four days. Adelson covered guests’ expenses. A 92-year-old Tony Bennett and the Israeli winner of Eurovision performed for the festivities. He is slowing down physically; stricken by neuropathy, he uses a motorized scooter to get around and often stands up with the help of a bodyguard. He fell and broke three ribs while on a ferry from Macau to Hong Kong last November.

Yet Adelson has spent the Trump era hustling to expand his gambling empire. With Trump occupying the White House, Adelson has found the greatest political ally he’s ever had.

“I would put Adelson at the very top of the list of both access and influence in the Trump administration,” said Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen. “I’ve never seen anything like it before, and I’ve been studying money in politics for 40 years.”

ADELSON GREW UP POOR in Boston, the son of a cabdriver with a sixth-grade education. According to his wife, Adelson was beaten up as a kid for being Jewish. A serial entrepreneur who has started or acquired more than 50 different businesses, he had already made and lost his first fortune by the late 1960s, when he was in his mid-30s.

It took him until the mid-1990s to become extraordinarily rich. In 1995, he sold the pioneering computer trade show Comdex to the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank for $800 million. He entered the gambling business in earnest when his Venetian casino resort opened in 1999 in Las Vegas. With its gondola rides on faux canals, it was inspired by his honeymoon to Venice with Miriam, who is 12 years younger than Adelson.

It’s been said that Trump is a poor person’s idea of a rich person. Adelson could be thought of as Trump’s idea of a rich person. A family friend recalls Sheldon and Miriam’s two sons, who are now in college, getting picked up from school in stretch Hummer limousines and his home being so large it was stocked with Segway transporters to get around. A Las Vegas TV station found a few years ago that, amid a drought, Adelson’s palatial home a short drive from the Vegas Strip had used nearly 8 million gallons of water in a year, enough for 55 average homes. Adelson will rattle off his precise wealth based on the fluctuation of Las Vegas Sands’ share price, said his friend the New York investor Michael Steinhardt. “He’s very sensitive to his net worth,” Steinhardt said.

Trump entered the casino business several years before Adelson. In the early 1990s, both eyed Eilat in southern Israel as a potential casino site. Neither built there. Adelson “didn’t have a whole lot of respect for Trump when Trump was operating casinos. He was dismissive of Trump,” recalled one former Las Vegas Sands official. In an interview in the late ’90s, Adelson lumped Trump with Wynn: “Both of these gentlemen have very big egos,” Adelson said. “Well, the world doesn’t really care about their egos.”

Today, in his rare public appearances, Adelson has a grandfatherly affect. He likes to refer to himself as “Self” (“I said to myself, ‘Self …’”). He makes Borscht Belt jokes about his short stature: “A friend of mine says, ‘You’re the tallest guy in the world.’ I said, ‘How do you figure that?’ He says, ‘When you stand on your wallet.’”

By the early 2000s, Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands had surpassed Trump’s casino operations. While Trump was getting bogged down in Atlantic City, Adelson’s properties thrived. When Macau opened up a local gambling monopoly, Adelson bested a crowded field that included Trump to win a license. Today, Macau accounts for more than half of Las Vegas Sands’ roughly $13 billion in annual revenue.

Trump’s casinos went bankrupt, and now he is out of the industry entirely. By the mid-2000s, Trump was playing the role of business tycoon on his reality show, “The Apprentice.” Meanwhile, Adelson aggressively expanded his empire in Macau and later in Singapore. His company’s Moshe Safdie-designed Marina Bay Sands property there, with its rooftop infinity pool, featured prominently in the recent hit movie “Crazy Rich Asians.”

While their business trajectories diverged, Adelson and Trump have long shared a willingness to sue critics, enemies and business associates. Multiple people said they were too afraid of lawsuits to speak on the record for this story. In 1989, after the Nevada Gaming Control Board conducted a background investigation of Adelson, it found he had already been personally involved in around 100 civil lawsuits, according to the book “License to Steal,” a history of the agency. That included matters as small as a $600 contractual dispute with a Boston hospital.

The lawsuits have continued even as Adelson became so rich the amounts of money at stake hardly mattered. In one case, Adelson was unhappy with the quality of construction on one of his beachfront Malibu, California, properties and pursued a legal dispute with the contractor for more than seven years, going through a lengthy series of appeals and cases in different courts. Adelson sued a Wall Street Journal reporter for libel over a single phrase — a description of him as “foul-mouthed” — and fought the case for four years before it was settled, with the story unchanged. In a particularly bitter case in Massachusetts Superior Court in the 1990s, his sons from his first marriage accused him of cheating them out of money. Adelson prevailed.

Adelson rarely speaks to the media any more, with occasional exceptions for friendly business journalists or on stage at conferences, usually interviewed by people to whom he has given a great deal of money. “He keeps a very tight inner circle,” said a casino industry executive who has known Adelson for decades. Adelson declined to comment for this story.

ADELSON ONCE TOLD a reporter of entering the casino business late in life, “I loved being an outsider.” For nearly a decade he played that role in presidential politics, bankrolling the opposition to the Obama administration. As with some of his early entrepreneurial forays, he dumped money for little return, his political picks going bust. In 2008, he backed Rudy Giuliani. As America’s Mayor faded, he came on board late with the John McCain campaign. In 2012, he almost single-handedly funded Newt Gingrich’s candidacy. Gingrich spent a few weeks atop the polls before his candidacy collapsed. Adelson became a late adopter of Mitt Romney.

In 2016, the Adelsons didn’t officially endorse a candidate for months. Trump used Adelson as a foil, an example of the well-heeled donors who wielded outsized influence in Washington. “Sheldon or whoever — you could say Koch. I could name them all. They’re all friends of mine, every one of them. I know all of them. They have pretty much total control over the candidate,” Trump said on Fox News in October 2015. “Nobody controls me but the American public.” In a pointed tweet that month, Trump said: “Sheldon Adelson is looking to give big dollars to [Marco] Rubio because he feels he can mold him into his perfect little puppet. I agree!”

Despite Trump’s barbs, Adelson had grown curious about the candidate and called his friend Steinhardt, who founded the Birthright program that sends young Jews on free trips to Israel. Adelson is now the program’s largest funder.

“I called Kushner and I said Sheldon would like to meet your father-in-law,” Steinhardt recalled. “Kushner was excited.” Trump got on a plane to Las Vegas. “Sheldon has strong views when it comes to the Jewish people; Trump recognized that, and a marriage was formed.”

Trump and his son-in-law Kushner courted Adelson privately, meeting several times in New York and Las Vegas. “Having Orthodox Jews like Jared and Ivanka next to him and so many common people in interest gave a level of comfort to Sheldon,” said Ronn Torossian, a New York public relations executive who knows both men. “Someone who lets their kid marry an Orthodox Jew and then become Orthodox is probably going to stand pretty damn close to Israel.”

Miriam Adelson, a physician born and raised in what became Israel, is said to be an equal partner in Sheldon Adelson’s political decisions. He has said the interests of the Jewish state are at the center of his worldview, and his views align with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-of-center approach to Iran and Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Adelson suggested in 2014 that Israel doesn’t need to be a democracy. “I think God didn’t say anything about democracy,” Adelson said. “He didn’t talk about Israel remaining as a democratic state.” On a trip to the country several years ago, on the eve of his young son’s bar mitzvah, Adelson said, “Hopefully he’ll come back; his hobby is shooting. He’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF,” referring to the Israel Defense Forces.

On domestic issues, Adelson is more Chamber of Commerce Republican than movement conservative or Trumpian populist. He is pro-choice and has called for work permits and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, a position sharply at odds with Trump’s. While the Koch brothers, his fellow Republican megadonors, have evinced concern over trade policy and distaste for Trump, Adelson has proved flexible, putting aside any qualms about Trump’s business acumen or ideological misgivings. In May 2016, he declared in a Washington Post op-ed that he was endorsing Trump. He wrote that Trump represented “a CEO success story that exemplifies the American spirit of determination, commitment to cause and business stewardship.”

The Adelsons came through with $20 million in donations to the pro-Trump super PAC, part of at least $83 million in donations to Republicans. By the time of the October 2016 release of the Access Hollywood tape featuring Trump bragging about sexual assault, Adelson was among his staunchest supporters. “Sheldon Adelson had Donald Trump’s back,” said Steve Bannon in a speech last year, speaking of the time after the scandal broke. “He was there.”

In December 2016, Adelson donated $5 million to the Trump inaugural festivities. The Adelsons had better seats at Trump’s inauguration than many Cabinet secretaries. The whole family, including their two college-age sons, came to Washington for the celebration. One of his sons posted a picture on Instagram of the event with the hashtag #HuckFillary.

The investment paid off in access and in financial returns. Adelson has met with Trump or visited the White House at least six times since Trump’s election victory. The two speak regularly. Adelson has also had access to others in the White House. He met privately with Vice President Mike Pence before Pence gave a speech at Adelson’s Venetian resort in Las Vegas last year. “He just calls the president all the time. Donald Trump takes Sheldon Adelson’s calls,” said Alan Dershowitz, who has done legal work for Adelson and advised Trump.

Adelson’s tens of millions in donations to Trump have already been paid back many times over by the new tax law. While all corporations benefited from the lower tax rate in the new law, many incurred an extra bill in the transition because profits overseas were hit with a one-time tax. But not Sands. Adelson’s company hired lobbyists to press Trump’s Treasury Department and Congress on provisions that would help companies like Sands that paid high taxes abroad, according to public filings and tax experts. The lobbying effort appears to have worked. After Trump signed the tax overhaul into law in December, Las Vegas Sands recorded a benefit from the new law the company estimated at $1.2 billion.

The Adelson family owns 55 percent of Las Vegas Sands, which is publicly traded, according to filings. The Treasury Department didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Now as Trump and the Republican Party face a reckoning in the midterm elections in November, they have once again turned to Adelson. He has given at least $55 million so far.

IN 2014, ADELSON TOLD an interviewer he was not interested in building a dynasty. “I want my legacy to be that I helped out humankind,” he said, underscoring his family’s considerable donations to medical research. But he gives no indication of sticking to a quiet life of philanthropy. In the last four years, he has used the Sands’ fleet of private jets, assiduously meeting with world leaders and seeking to build new casinos in Japan, Korea and Brazil.

He is closest in Japan. Japan has been considering lifting its ban on casinos for years, in spite of majority opposition in polls from a public that is wary of the social problems that might result. A huge de facto gambling industry of the pinball-like game pachinko has long existed in the country, historically associated with organized crime and seedy parlors filled with cigarette-smoking men. Opposition to allowing casinos is so heated that a brawl broke out in the Japanese legislature this summer. But lawmakers have moved forward on legalizing casinos and crafted regulations that hew to Adelson’s wishes.

“Japan is considered the next big market. Sheldon looks at it that way,” said a former Sands official. Adelson envisions building a $10 billion “integrated resort,” which in industry parlance refers to a large complex featuring a casino with hotels, entertainment venues, restaurants and shopping malls.

The new Japanese law allows for just three licenses to build casinos in cities around the country, effectively granting valuable local monopolies. At least 13 companies, including giants like MGM and Genting, are vying for a license. Even though Sands is already a strong contender because of its size and its successful resort in Singapore, some observers in Japan believe Adelson’s relationship with Trump has helped move Las Vegas Sands closer to the multibillion-dollar prize.

Just a week after the U.S. election, Prime Minister Abe arrived at Trump Tower, becoming the first foreign leader to meet with the president-elect. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were also there. Abe presented Trump with a gilded $3,800 golf driver. Few know the details of what the Trumps and Abe discussed at the meeting. In a break with protocol, Trump’s transition team sidelined the State Department, whose Japan experts were never briefed on what was said. “There was a great deal of frustration,” said one State Department official. “There was zero communication from anyone on Trump’s team.”

In another sign of Adelson’s direct access to the incoming president and ties with Japan, he secured a coveted Trump Tower meeting a few weeks later for an old friend, the Japanese billionaire businessman Masayoshi Son. Son’s company, SoftBank, had bought Adelson’s computer trade show business in the 1990s. A few years ago, Adelson named Son as a potential partner in his casino resort plans in Japan. Son’s SoftBank, for its part, owns Sprint, which has long wanted to merge with T-Mobile but needs a green light from the Trump administration. A beaming Son emerged from the meeting in the lobby of Trump Tower with the president-elect and promised $50 billion in investments in the U.S.

When Trump won the election in November 2016, the casino bill had been stalled in the Japanese Diet. One month after the Trump-Abe meeting, in an unexpected move in mid-December, Abe’s ruling coalition pushed through landmark legislation authorizing casinos, with specific regulations to be ironed out later. There was minimal debate on the controversial bill, and it passed at the very end of an extraordinary session of the legislature. “That was a surprise to a lot of stakeholders,” said one former Sands executive who still works in the industry. Some observers suspect the timing was not a coincidence. “After Trump won the election in 2016, the Abe government’s efforts to pass the casino bill shifted into high gear,” said Yoichi Torihata, a professor at Shizuoka University and opponent of the casino law.

On a Las Vegas Sands earnings call a few days after Trump’s inauguration, Adelson touted that Abe had visited the company’s casino resort complex in Singapore. “He was very impressed with it,” Adelson said. Days later, Adelson attended the February breakfast with Abe in Washington, after which the prime minister went on to Mar-a-Lago, where the president raised Las Vegas Sands. A week after that, Adelson flew to Japan and met with the secretary general of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo.

The casino business is one of the most regulated industries in the world, and Adelson has always sought political allies. To enter the business in 1989, he hired the former governor of Nevada to represent him before the state’s gaming commission. In 2001, according to court testimony reported in the New Yorker, Adelson intervened with then-House Majority Whip Rep. Tom DeLay, to whom he was a major donor, at the behest of a Chinese official over a proposed House resolution that was critical of the country’s human rights record. At the time, Las Vegas Sands was seeking entry into the Macau market. The resolution died, which Adelson attributed to factors other than his intervention, according to the magazine.

In 2015, he purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the state’s largest newspaper, which then published a lengthy investigative series on one of Adelson’s longtime rivals, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which runs a convention center that competes with Adelson’s. (The paper said Adelson had no influence over its coverage.)

In Japan, Las Vegas Sands’ efforts have accelerated in the last year. Adelson returned to the country in September 2017, visiting top officials in Osaka, a possible casino site. In a show of star power in October, Sands flew in David Beckham and the Eagles’ Joe Walsh for a press conference at the Palace Hotel Tokyo. Beckham waxed enthusiastic about his love of sea urchin and declared, “Las Vegas Sands is creating fabulous resorts all around the world, and their scale and vision are impressive.”

Adelson appears emboldened. When he was in Osaka last fall, he publicly criticized a proposal under consideration to cap the total amount of floor space devoted to casinos in the resorts that have been legalized. In July, the Japanese Diet passed a bill with more details on what casinos will look like and laying out the bidding process. The absolute limit on casino floor area had been dropped from the legislation.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has made an unusual personnel move that could help advance pro-gambling interests. The new U.S. ambassador, an early Trump campaign supporter and Tennessee businessman named William Hagerty, hired as his senior adviser an American executive working on casino issues for the Japanese company SEGA Sammy. Joseph Schmelzeis left his role as senior adviser on global government and industry affairs for the company in February to join the U.S. Embassy. (He has not worked for Sands.)

A State Department spokesperson said that embassy officials had communicated with Sands as part of “routine” meetings and advice provided to members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The spokesperson said that “Schmelzeis is not participating in any matter related to integrated resorts or Las Vegas Sands.”

Japanese opposition politicians have seized on the Adelson-Trump-Abe nexus. One, Tetsuya Shiokawa, said this year that he believes Trump has been the unseen force behind why Abe’s party has “tailor-made the [casino] bill to suit foreign investors like Adelson.” In the next stage of the process, casino companies will complete their bids with Japanese localities.

ADELSON’S INFLUENCE has spread across the Trump administration. In August 2017, the Zionist Organization of America, to which the Adelsons are major donors, launched a campaign against National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. ZOA chief Mort Klein charged McMaster “clearly has animus toward Israel.”

Adelson said he was convinced to support the attack on McMaster after Adelson spoke with Safra Catz, the Israeli-born CEO of Oracle, who “enlightened me quite a bit” about McMaster, according to an email Klein later released to the media. Adelson pressed Trump to appoint the hawkish John Bolton to a high position, The New York Times reported. In March, Trump fired McMaster and replaced him with Bolton. The president and other cabinet officials also clashed with McMaster on policy and style issues.

For Scott Pruitt, the former EPA administrator known as an ally of industry, courting Adelson meant developing a keen interest in an unlikely topic: technology that generates clean water from air. An obscure Israeli startup called Watergen makes machines that resemble air conditioners and, with enough electricity, can pull potable water from the air.

Adelson doesn’t have a stake in the company, but he is old friends with the Israeli-Georgian billionaire who owns the firm, Mikhael Mirilashvili, according to the head of Watergen’s U.S. operation, Yehuda Kaploun. Adelson first encountered the technology on a trip to Israel, Kaploun said. Dershowitz is also on the company’s board.

Just weeks after being confirmed, Pruitt met with Watergen executives at Adelson’s request. Pruitt promptly mobilized dozens of EPA officials to ink a research deal under which the agency would study Watergen’s technology. EPA officials immediately began voicing concerns about the request, according to hundreds of previously unreported emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. They argued that the then-EPA chief was violating regular procedures.

Pruitt, according to one email, asked that staffers explore “on an expedited time frame” whether a deal could be done “without the typical contracting requirements.” Other emails described the matter as “very time sensitive” and having “high Administrator interest.”

A veteran scientist at the agency warned that the “technology has been around for decades,” adding that the agency should not be “focusing on a single vendor, in this case Watergen.” Officials said that Watergen’s technology was not unique, noting there were as many as 70 different suppliers on the market with products using the same concept. Notes from a meeting said the agency “does not currently have the expertise or staff to evaluate these technologies.” Agency lawyers “seemed scared” about the arrangement, according to an internal text exchange. The EPA didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Watergen got its research deal. It’s not known how much money the agency has spent on the project. The technology was shipped to a lab in Cincinnati, and Watergen said the government will produce a report on its study. Pruitt planned to unveil the deal on a trip to Israel, which was also planned with the assistance of Adelson, The Washington Post reported. But amid multiple scandals, the trip never happened.

Other parts of the Trump administration have also been friendly to Watergen. Over the summer, Mirilashvili attended the U.S. Embassy in Israel’s Fourth of July party, where he was photographed grinning and sipping water next to one of the company’s machines on display. Kaploun said U.S. Ambassador David Friedman’s staff assisted the company to help highlight its technology.

A State Department spokesperson said Watergen was one of many private sponsors of the embassy party and was “subject to rigorous vetting.” The embassy is now considering leasing or buying a Watergen unit as part of a “routine procurement action,” the spokesperson said.

A Mirilashvili spokesman said in a statement that Adelson and Mirilashvili “have no business ties with each other.” The spokesman added that Adelson had been briefed on the company’s technology by Watergen engineers and “Adelson has also expressed an interest in the ability of this Israeli technology to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans who are affected by water pollution.”

EVEN AS THE CASINO business looks promising in Japan, China has been a potential trouble spot for Adelson. Few businesses are as vulnerable to geopolitical winds as Adelson’s. The majority of Sands’ value derives from its properties in Macau. It is the world’s gambling capital, and China’s central government controls it.

“Sheldon Adelson highly values direct engagement in Beijing,” a 2009 State Department cable released by WikiLeaks says, “especially given the impact of Beijing’s visa policies on the company’s growing mass market operations in Macau.”

At times, Sands’ aggressive efforts in China crossed legal lines. On Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump took office, the Justice Department announced Sands was paying a nearly $7 million fine to settle a longstanding investigation into whether it violated a U.S. anti-bribery statute in China. The case revealed that Sands paid roughly $60 million to a consultant who “advertised his political connections with [People’s Republic of China] government officials” and that some of the payments “had no discernible legitimate business purpose.” Part of the work involved an effort by Sands to acquire a professional basketball team in the country to promote its casinos. The DOJ said Sands fully cooperated in the investigation and fixed its compliance problems.

A year and a half into the Trump administration, Adelson has a bigger problem than the Justice Department investigation: Trump’s trade war against Beijing has put Sands’ business in Macau at risk. Sands’ right to operate expires in a few years. Beijing could throttle the flow of money and people from the mainland to Macau. Sands and the other foreign operators in Macau “now sit on a geopolitical fault line. Their Macau concessions can therefore be on the line,” said a report from the Hong Kong business consultancy Steve Vickers & Associates.

A former Sands board member, George Koo, wrote a column in the Asia Times newspaper in April warning that Beijing could undercut the Macau market by legalizing casinos in the southern island province of Hainan. “A major blow in the trade war would be for China to allow Hainan to become a gambling destination and divert visitors who would otherwise be visiting Macau,” Koo wrote. “As one of Trump’s principal supporters, it’s undoubtedly a good time for Mr. Adelson to have a private conversation with the president.”

It’s not clear if Adelson has had that conversation. According to The Associated Press, Adelson was present for a discussion of China policy at the dinner he attended with Trump at the White House in February 2017. In September, Trump escalated his trade war with China. He raised tariffs on $200 billion Chinese imports. China retaliated with tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. products.

Adelson has said privately that if he can be helpful in any way he would volunteer himself to do whatever is asked for either side of the equation — the U.S. or China, according to a person who has spoken to him.

TOROSSIAN, the public relations executive, calls Adelson “this generation’s Rothschild” for his support of Israel. In early May, the Adelsons gave $30 million to the super PAC that is seeking to keep Republican control of the House for the remainder of Trump’s term. A few days later, Trump announced he was killing the Iran nuclear deal, a target of Adelson’s and the Netanyahu government’s for years. The following day, Adelson met with the president at the White House.

Five days later, Adelson was in Israel for another landmark, the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem marked a major shift in U.S. foreign policy, long eschewed by presidents of both parties. Besides dealing a major blow to Palestinian claims on part of the city, which are recognized by most of the world, it was the culmination of a more than 20-year project of the Adelsons. Sheldon and Miriam personally lobbied for the move on Capitol Hill as far back as 1995.

In an audience dotted with yarmulkes and MAGA-red hats, the Adelsons were in the front now, next to Netanyahu and his wife, the Kushners and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. A beaming Miriam, wearing a dress featuring an illustration of the Jerusalem skyline, filmed the event with her phone. She wrote a first-person account of the ceremony that was co-published on the front page of the two newspapers the Adelsons own, Israel Hayom and the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “The embassy opening is a crowning moment for U.S. foreign policy and for our president, Donald Trump. Just over a year into his first term, he has re-enshrined the United States as the standard-bearer of moral clarity and courage in a world that too often feels adrift.”

Adelson paid for the official delegation of Guatemala, the only other country to move its embassy, to travel to Israel. “Sheldon told me that any country that wants to move its embassy to Jerusalem, he’ll fly them in — the president and everyone — for the opening,” said Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce CEO Duvi Honig, who was in attendance.

Klein, the Zionist Organization of America president, was also there. The Adelsons, he said, “were glowing with a serene happiness like I’ve never seen them. Sheldon said to me, ‘President Trump promised he would do this and he did it.’ And he almost became emotional. ‘And look, Mort, he did it.’”

Do you have information about Sheldon Adelson and the Trump administration? Reach Justin at justin@propublica.org or on Signal at (774) 826-6240.


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  • The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol chief who disappeared and abruptly "resigned" from his post, says she received a call from Chinese agents threatening her safety. 
  • Speaking to Associated Press, Grace Meng said a mysterious Chinese caller told her: "We’ve come in two work-teams, two work-teams just for you."
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The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol chief who disappeared and abruptly "resigned" from his post, says she received a call from Chinese agents threatening her safety. 

Speaking to Associated Press on Monday from a hotel in Lyon, France where she lives, Grace Meng says she had just put her two boys to bed when a mysterious call came through on her cell phone. 

"You listen, but you don’t speak," the man, speaking in Chinese, told Meng. "We’ve come in two work teams, two work teams just for you."

Meng said the man revealed that he used to work for Meng, leading to the belief that he was part of China's security apparatus. 

"Just imagine: My husband was missing, my kids were asleep, all my other phones weren’t working, and that was the only call I got," she told AP. "I was so frightened."

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She says the man added that he knew where she was. The threatening call prompted authorities to place her under police protection. 

A French judicial official confirmed to AP that police are investigating the threats made against Meng, though it is unclear if Chinese agents had been sent to Lyon to monitor her. 

Meng says she has not heard from her husband since September 25 after traveling from France to China. The last text she received from him was an emoji of a knife, possibly to warn her that he was in danger, the Associated Press said.

Interpol has been vague on the details of Meng Hongwei's whereabouts. On Sunday, Interpol posted a statement on Twitter, saying Meng had resigned as president of the agency's executive committee "with immediate effect," though it did not provide reason why. 

China's China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection gave a terse statement on its website on Sunday night: "Meng Hongwei, deputy minister of the Ministry of Public Security, is suspected of violating the law and is currently under the supervision of the State Supervision Commission."

Mrs. Meng denied the allegations on behalf of her husband and offered to make their bank accounts public. 

She told the AP that speaking publicly about her husband's fate risks retaliation in China and puts her "in great danger."

Meng appears to have gotten caught in China's widespread anti-corruption effort

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Details of Meng's alleged violations are not clear, but his detention appears to be part of a far-reaching "anti-corruption drive" promulgated by President Xi Jinping amid his moves to consolidate power.

Several prominent military leaders, politicians, and celebrities have been targeted in the graft. Meng previously served as China's vice minister of public security.

China has been accused of engaging in global espionage, and recent reports indicate that China appears to be engaging in a large-scale operation to forcibly repatriate its citizens to China, notably individuals with money or political power.  

In January 2017, Xiao Jianhua, a Chinese-Canadian billionaire, was believed to have been kidnapped from his luxury apartment in Hong Kong sent back to mainland China, after men were captured on security cameras at the building rolling him away in a wheelchair with his head covered.

In 2005, Chen Yonglin, a Chinese diplomat who defected to Australia, claimed kidnappings in Australia were carried out at least once a year. Chen also said security forces drugged and kidnapped the son of a former Chinese official and sent him back to China via a shipping vessel, though Australian officials and the alleged victim reportedly deny the claims.

Alexandra Ma contributed to this report. 

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Muhammad Bejita, yang berusia 18 tahun, menjadi salah satu bibit potensial tim pelatnas renang paralimpik Indonesia.

Perenang asal Sumatera Selatan itu di kejuaraan dunia renang di Jerman pada Juni lalu meraih emas di nomor 50 meter gaya punggung dan medali perunggu 100 meter gaya kupu-kupu.

Kemudian Suriansyah dan Sofyan juga lolos ke final nomor 100 meter gaya punggung S7.

Babak final perlombaan cabang para-renang Asian Para Games 2018 hari keempat akan digelar mulai pukul 17.00 WIB di Stadion Akuatik Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta.


          Britain condemns Hong Kong’s banning of UK journalist – The Guardian      Cache   Translate Page      
The GuardianIt came two months after government officials in China and Hong Kong condemned the FCC for hosting a speech by an independence activist, Andy Chan, reigniting debate about the viability of the city’s promised freedoms. Mallet chaired the event. …read more Source:: Hong Kong News By Google News
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Investment banks sponsoring initial public offerings (IPOs) in Hong Kong are still performing below expectations and the securities regulator will take further steps to improve standards, a senior official said on Wednesday.

          Activists: US hedge fund Elliott ups stake in Japan's Alps Electric, Loeb's hedge fund grows stake in Campbell Soup, Sears reportedly preparing for bankruptcy filing as soon as this week, Activist investor Trian takes 2.9% stake in paint company PPG industries      Cache   Translate Page      
US hedge fund Elliott ups stake in Japan's Alps Electric From Deal Street Asia: Hong Kong-based activist fund Oasis Management has been attempting to block the sale of Alpine to Alps, arguing the sale price is low. U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management had boosted its stake in the company to 9.22 pe...
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          Euclid Tsakalotos visits Asia      Cache   Translate Page      
A series of contacts with representatives of investment firms will be held by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos during his Asia tour, starting from Singapore  on Tuesday and continuing the next day in Hong Kong. Last stop of his tour will be Bali, Indonesia, where he will take part in the annual IMF Summit, where he is expected to meet with the Head of the Fund, Ms Christine Lagarde. At the top of the agenda of the talks is the non cutting of pensions in 2019. Also, government circles say that it is not excluded that the Greek minister will also issue an early repayment of part of the IMF loan, which currently amounts to 10 billion euros.   Source: ERT
          Hong Kong to build homes on artificial islands to ease housing crisis      Cache   Translate Page      
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s leader promised on Wednesday (Oct 10) to ease the city’s chronic housing shortage by boosting the supply of land through reclamation and redevelopment projects and allocate more space for public housing. Soaring real estate prices have given Hong Kong a dubious ranking as ...
          Education key to fostering talent      Cache   Translate Page      

Measures involving an additional recurrent expenditure of $4.7 billion will further enhance the quality of education in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said today.

 

Delivering her second Policy Address at the Legislative Council, Mrs Lam said education is an area which warrants the devotion of resources.

 

She emphasised that talent is the most important element in Hong Kong’s continued development and education is the key to nurturing talent.

 

One of the measures she announced is to provide a Life-wide Learning Grant for public schools and schools under the Direct Subsidy Scheme through an annual provision of $900 million.

 

The grant will support schools in taking forward life-wide learning with enhanced efforts through more out-of-classroom learning activities in curriculum areas including the humanities, STEM education and moral and civic education.

 

Another measure is to implement in one go the all-graduate teaching force policy in public sector primary and secondary schools, involving an additional funding of about $1.5 billion, to aid teachers’ professional development.

 

To strengthen school-based management and reduce the administrative work of teachers and principals, public sector schools and schools under the Direct Subsidy Scheme will be provided with extra resources of $570 million each year.

 

This will strengthen administrative support for schools and their management committees.

 

An increase in recurrent funding of about $30 million will promote parent education and home-school co-operation starting from the 2019-20 school year.

 

Also, an additional $800 million a year will be provided to boost support for students with special educational needs, including enhancing the educational psychologist to school ratio and creating school-based speech therapist posts in public sector ordinary schools.

 

Mrs Lam added she looked forward to working hand in hand with the education sector in nurturing quality future generations for Hong Kong.


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Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Hong Kong will step up efforts to promote innovation and technology.

 

Delivering her second Policy Address at the Legislative Council today, Mrs Lam said further to the $50 billion earmarked in this year’s Budget, an additional $28 billion will be allocated for university research, re-industrialisation, application of technology in public services and fostering an enabling environment for I&T.

 

She said the most heartening and impactful event in the city’s I&T development in the past year has been the personal steer of President Xi Jinping, who recognises the city is an important force in implementing the country’s innovation-driven development strategy.

 

The Ministry of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Finance launched a new initiative in May, allowing universities and research institutions in Hong Kong to bid for science and technology funding of the Central Government.

 

Mrs Lam said the signing of the Arrangement on Enhancing Innovation & Technology Co-operation between the Mainland & Hong Kong in September also provides an overarching framework for I&T collaboration.

 

The Chief Executive also proposed to allocate $2 billion for launching the Re-industrialisation Funding Scheme to encourage industries to engage in high-end production by tapping into I&T and the application of smart technologies and production processes.

 

To fully unleash the city’s strengths in scientific research and promote technology transfer as well as the realisation of research and development findings, funding for three relevant schemes under the I&T Fund will be doubled, she said.

 

She added another $500 million will be allocated to the Innovation & Technology Bureau’s TechConnect to promote further technology adoption by government departments to provide better services for the community.

 

To tap into the latest I&T to further revamp e-Government services, Mrs Lam said artificial intelligence and chatbot functions will be introduced to the GovHK portal in 2019.

 

A Smart Government Innovation Lab will also be set up to invite the technology sector to put forward proposals on I&T applications and product suggestions for public services.

 

Mrs Lam added a four-pronged strategy will be adopted to cope with the rising law enforcement challenges brought by technological development.

 

The strategy will enhance capabilities of law enforcement agencies.


          Gov’t to boost public housing      Cache   Translate Page      

The Government is determined to solve Hong Kong’s housing problem.

 

Delivering her Policy Address today, Chief Executive Carrie Lam reiterated the current-term Government’s housing policy focuses on four elements – the Government’s role in providing housing, building a housing ladder, focusing on supply, and optimising existing housing resources to improve people’s living conditions.

 

Demonstrating her commitment to tackle the city’s housing shortage, Mrs Lam stated the Government’s dedication to identify and produce land and build a land reserve will not waver despite changes in the economic environment or fluctuations in property prices.

 

She said she will increase the ratio of public housing and allocate more land for public housing development, which the Transport & Housing Bureau will reflect when updating the next 10-year housing target under the Long Term Housing Strategy.

 

Mrs Lam also pledged that 70% of housing units on newly developed government land will be for public housing.

 

The Government will also invite the Urban Renewal Authority to identify one or two clusters of sites under the Civil Servants’ Co-operative Building Society Scheme as pilot sites.

 

As some of the old buildings on the sites do not fully utilise site plot ratios, kick-starting their redevelopment will boost housing supply, she said.


The Hong Kong Housing Society will also have government support to redevelop its old rental estates for public housing units.

 

As for short-term measures, the Government will allow wholesale conversion of industrial buildings for transitional housing.

 

It is also encouraging non-profit-making organisations to explore the option of constructing pre-fabricated modular housing on unused private and government sites. 
 


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The Government will not tolerate any acts that advocate Hong Kong independence or threaten the country’s sovereignty, security or development.

 

Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the statement while delivering her Policy Address in the Legislative Council today.

 

Facing new conflicts that have recently emerged in society, Mrs Lam said her administration will clamp down on such acts according to the law to protect the interests of the country and Hong Kong.

 

To ensure the robustness of “one country, two systems”, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region must uphold the “one country” principle, and handle the relationship between the Central Government and Hong Kong correctly.

 

Her Policy Address reiterated Hong Kong is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China and enjoys a high degree of autonomy.

 

Mrs Lam added the HKSAR Government has the constitutional responsibility to legislate Article 23 of the Basic Law to safeguard national security. 

 

Her administration will carefully consider relevant factors, act prudently and continue with its efforts to create a favourable social environment for the legislative work, she said. 

 

Her policy blueprint emphasised the Central Government fully supports Hong Kong’s integration into overall national development, adding her Government will take advantage of “two systems” and participate in the Belt & Road Initiative and the development of the Greater Bay Area. 

 

As for the legislature, she said the Government respects the Legislative Council’s role to perform checks and balances. 

 

Mrs Lam’s address highlighted she has been attending additional question and answer sessions on a monthly basis to answer lawmakers’ questions.

 

With the enhanced executive-legislature relationship, LegCo passed 27 bills in the 2017-18 legislative session, more than double compared to the previous year. The Finance Committee also approved 98 items involving more than $250 billion. 

 

Reflecting on her first year in office, Mrs Lam said the work of the Chief Executive is undoubtedly taxing. However, she will remain resilient under pressure, with the public’s aspirations for a happy life and good governance driving her forward.

 


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The Chief Executive outlined the Government’s vision for the development of Lantau in her Policy Address today.

 

Mrs Lam noted with the commissioning of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the transport connectivity between Hong Kong and other cities in the Greater Bay Area will be further improved, making Lantau a “Double Gateway” to the world and other Greater Bay Area cities.

 

The Government will launch a new Lantau Tomorrow Vision, and realise this vision through five policy directions and investments:

 

Unleash land potential, increase land supply and develop a liveable near carbon-neutral city;

 

Accord priority to transport infrastructure;

 

Develop an Aerotropolis and the third Core Business District for Hong Kong, after Central and Kowloon East;

 

Enhance environmental capacity for sustainable development, including setting up a $1 billion Lantau Conservation Fund; and

 

Increase leisure and entertainment facilities to promote a healthy lifestyle.

 

As part of this development blueprint, the Government will immediately begin a study on phased reclamation near Kau Yi Chau and Hei Ling Chau for the construction of artificial islands with a total area of about 1,700 hectares. The study and design work will begin shortly with the aim of commencing the first phase of reclamation in 2025.

 

The land reserve to be provided by reclamation could be planned for building

260,000 to 400,000 residential units. These units, with 70% being public housing, could accommodate a population of 700,000 to 1.1 million, and create 340,000 jobs for the coming 20 to 30 years.

 

The Government anticipates the first batch of residential units could be available for intake in 2032.

 

She added the Lantau Tomorrow Vision is a priority area of the current-term Government and she will set up as soon as possible a dedicated co-ordination office, which is directly accountable to the Chief Executive, to steer the overall direction as well as co-ordinate and monitor the planning and implementation of the programme.

 

This office will be expanded as needed to ensure that the policy and implementation could be effectively matched.


          Hong Kong's property market is 'at its tipping point': CLSA      Cache   Translate Page      
Nicole Wong of CLSA discusses why Hong Kong's property market is likely to come under "more pressure."
          Hong Kong has a 'housing shortage,' says Portwood Capital      Cache   Translate Page      
Peter Churchouse of Portwood Capital says there has been a "real restriction of land supply" in Hong Kong.
          Fin24.com | Hong Kong bans e-cigarettes in latest blow for big tobacco      Cache   Translate Page      
Hong Kong is banning alternative smoking devices - the latest setback to the tobacco industry’s efforts to find growth markets as cigarette demand shrinks worldwide.
           US-China's ongoing trade row spells trouble ahead for Hong Kong      Cache   Translate Page      
Hong Kong is now finding its role as a gateway into China for foreign businesses to be a cause for concern since the trade row between the US and China continues to fester.Products destined for China and the US passing through Hong Kong accounted for 10 per cent of its US$500 billion in exports in 2017, data from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council shows.The import-export business overall represents one fifth of the domestic economy, and worsening sentiment on the mainland can spill over into the former British colony in other ways - most obviously tourism spending. Add the trade war threat to an already-inflated property market and Hong Kong's economy begins to look fragile, reports Bloomberg."These are the two biggest traders in the world and they trade through us with each other," said Hong Kong Trade Development Council research director Nicholas Kwan. "So when they are fighting, a lot of intermediaries get hurt and we are the most prominent intermediary between these two."Government data shows that Hong Kong's gross domestic product increased by 3.5 per cent in the second quarter compared to a year ago, down from a revised 4.6 per cent growth in the first quarter. In September the Nikkei Hong Kong purchasing managers' index slipped further into contraction territory.The HKTDC has lowered its forecast for city's 2018 export growth to three per cent from six per cent after its latest quarterly export sentiment index reading for September dived by a record amount, from 54.1 in the second quarter to 35.8 in the third quarter. Readings below 50 indicate a majority of exporters expect shipments to decline.The results underscore the gloom surrounding Hong Kong's trade market, especially in the key electronics segment, which suffered the biggest overall drop to 35.4 from 55.2 in the prior quarter, the report said. The sector accounts for 70 per cent of total merchandise exports.The trade woes come at a difficult time as the city navigates the impact of a slowing economy in China while borrowing costs are expected to increase in step with US interest rate hikes."We cannot rely on monetary policy," said ING Bank NV Greater China economist Iris Pang in Hong Kong. "We have to rely on fiscal stimulus and now is the right time for the Hong Kong government to spend its fiscal money."Ms Pang lowered her 2018 economic growth forecast for Hong Kong to 3.6 per cent from 4.9 per cent in August due to the worsening trade row. Standard Chartered Bank and United Overseas Bank have also lowered their forecasts for this year.Aside from the direct impact on ports and logistics industries, a protracted trade dispute could also impact retail sales and employment, Ms Pang said. She estimates up to one-third of economic activity in Hong Kong may be affected by the trade war, with local businesses running factories in China and exporting to the US especially vulnerable.

Source: Transportweekly
          Syuci Indriani Berpeluang Tambah Medali di Renang Asian Para Games      Cache   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, Jakarta Atlet para renang Indonesia, Syuci Indriani kembali berpeluang untuk menambah pundi medalinya di Asian Para Games 2018. Ini setelah dia lolos ke final 100 meter gaya kupu-kupu S14 Asian Para Games (APG) 2018, di Jakarta, Rabu (10/10/2018).

Syuci yang turun di lane 5 di heat 2 mencatatkan waktu 1 menit 12,48 detik untuk bertengger di peringkat dua klasemen final di bawah atlet para-renang Hong Kong Chan Yui Lam yang mencatatkan waktu 1 menit 10,13 detik.

Sebelumnya, Syuci telah meraih medali emas nomor 100 metre gaya dada putri SB14 dan medali perunggu nomor 100 meter gaya bebas putri S14 di Asian Para Games 2018 yang terpusat di Stadion Akuatik Gelora Bung Karno.

Di nomor 100 gaya kupu-kupu putra, satu atlet para-renang Indonesia lainnya, Muhammad Bejita, lolos ke final setelah finis di peringkat enam klasemen dengan waktu 1 menit 1,86 detik.

Klasemen nomor 100 meter gaya kupu-kupu putra S14 didominasi oleh atlet para-renang dari negeri Asia Timur di antaranya Dai Tokairin (Jepang), Cho Wonsang (Korea) dan Keichi Nakajima (Jepang) yang mampu menembus catatan waktu di bawah satu menit.

Dai Tokairin adalah pemegang rekor dunia di nomor 100 metre gaya kupu-kupu S14 dengan waktu 55, 72 detik.

 

* Grab selaku official mobile platform partner juga mendukung Asian Para Games 2018

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Muhammad Bejita, yang berusia 18 tahun, menjadi salah satu bibit potensial tim pelatnas renang paralimpik Indonesia.

Perenang asal Sumatera Selatan itu di kejuaraan dunia renang di Jerman pada Juni lalu meraih emas di nomor 50 meter gaya punggung dan medali perunggu 100 meter gaya kupu-kupu.

Kemudian Suriansyah dan Sofyan juga lolos ke final nomor 100 meter gaya punggung S7.

Babak final perlombaan cabang para-renang Asian Para Games 2018 hari keempat akan digelar mulai pukul 17.00 WIB di Stadion Akuatik Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta.


          Transfer Switch Market Key Information by Top Key Player Schneider Electric, Siemens, ABB, General Electric, Generac, Cummins, Kohler, DynaGen, Caterpillar, Eaton      Cache   Translate Page      

Global Transfer Switch market report added by MarketstudyReport.com is one of the most comprehensive research studies on Transfer Switch offering 666 data tables, 12 figures, covering 16 companies and regional outlook for 19 countries on segments covered in this report.

Selbyville, DE -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/10/2018 -- Transfer Switch market size will exceed USD 1.8 billion by 2024, as reported in the latest study report. Rising infrastructural spending subject to pervasive commercial and residential establishments across developing economies will stimulate the transfer switch market size. Refurbishment of conventional grid infrastructure along with rapid adoption of advanced monitoring and control units will further augment the industry outlook. In 2017, East spring Investments in Hong Kong, has signed a deal to invest USD 500 million across the emerging economies infrastructure debt, parallel to the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

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Germany transfer switch market is set to reach over 150 '000 units of annual installations by 2024. Rapid industrialization coupled with volant expansion of off-grid networks across the nation will boost the product demand. Ongoing diversification of manufacturing units favored by new establishments will further foster the industry growth. In 2017, Germany announced state funding of over USD 120 billion to support German based suppliers and automakers.

Paradigm shift in context to energy conservation along with rising security of supply concerns will embellish the transfer switch market potential. Increasing focus towards energy efficiency favored by briskly expanding smart grid networks will further complement the business outlook. In 2017, Western European countries including Sweden, UK, France, Germany, and Italy have entered a smart grid agreement. The agreement lays investment targets worth USD 133.7 billion subject to the expansion of smart grid networks across the region.

The U.S. transfer switch market will witness strong growth owing to rising investments toward the upgradation of conventional grid infrastructure along with the integration of advance control and monitoring technologies. Expeditious advancements across the rail-road infrastructure propositions endorsed by the peninsula corridor electrification program will embellish the industry share. In 2017, Federal Transit Administration provisioned an investment worth USD 100 million towards the expansion of electrical infrastructure across the California's rail networks.

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Favorable government policies pertaining to rural electrification across the Asian and African sub-continent supported by rising investments from private and publicly held financial institutions will embellish the transfer switch market growth. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), and International Finance Corporation (IFC) across the years have continually funded rural electrification campaigns across the regions. Growing demand for electricity coupled with rapid expansion of isolated grid networks will further thrust the product penetration.

China transfer switch market will grow on account of ongoing reforms pertaining to establishment of a sustainable electrical network. Favorable government norms toward the replacement of fossil fuels with sustainable energy resources favored by renewable integration targets will positively drive the industry growth. In 2017, National Energy Administration of China proposed an investment worth USD 326 billion toward strengthening of renewable energy networks by 2020.

Eminent players across the transfer switch market include Vertiv, General Electric, Generac, Cummins, Kohler, DynaGen, Caterpillar, Eaton, Briggs & Stratton, Schneider Electric, Siemens, ABB, Russelectric, MBH Electric, Zhejiang Yuye Electric, and AEG.

Table of Contents

Chapter 2. Executive Summary
2.1. Transfer switch industry 3600 synopsis, 2013 – 2024
2.1.1. Business trends
2.1.2. Operation trends
2.1.3. Switching mechanism trends
2.1.4. Transition trends
2.1.5. Ampere rating trends
2.1.6. Installation trends
2.1.7. Regional trends

Chapter 3. Transfer Switch Industry Insights
3.1. Industry segmentation
3.2. Industry landscape, 2013 – 2024
3.3. Industry ecosystem analysis
3.3.1. Vendor matrix
3.4. Import/Export landscape
3.4.1. Generators and alternators (2015)
3.5. Historic trend analysis
3.5.1. Transfer switch
3.5.2. Generator
3.5.3. Uninterruptible power supply (UPS)
3.6. Comparative analysis
3.6.1. Automatic and manual transfer switch
3.7. List of key potential customers
3.8. Innovation & sustainability
3.9. Regulatory landscape
3.9.1. U.S.
3.9.2. Europe
3.9.3. China
3.10. Industry impact forces

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          CE promotes a more liveable HK      Cache   Translate Page      

To promote a more liveable city, the Chief Executive today announced a range of initiatives to ease traffic congestion in her Policy Address.

 

Mrs Lam said Hong Kong people’s aspiration for a liveable city has grown in step with social development.

 

The Government has proposed the actual tolls payable by private cars, taxis and motorcycles for using the Western Harbour Crossing be lowered, while the corresponding tolls of the Cross Harbour Tunnel and the Eastern Harbour Crossing be increased at the same time to achieve effective traffic re-distribution.

 

The non-means tested Public Transport Fare Subsidy Scheme proposed in the Policy Address last year will be launched in January 2019. This year’s Policy Address has further proposed waiving or paying for the toll charges on franchised buses for using government tunnels or the Western Harbour Crossing, so that the toll savings can be directly used to ease fare increase pressure.

 

The Government will provide at least 1,500 public car parking spaces in government facilities and public open space projects over the next five years.

 

Mrs Lam also said the Government would revive the Central-Hung Hom ferry route and launch a pilot “water taxi” service between Kai Tak, Hung Hom, Tsim Sha Tsui East, West Kowloon and Central.

 

To further reduce roadside pollution, the Government will introduce various new measures, including tightening the emission standards for newly registered motorcycles in 2020, phasing out Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles by the end of 2023 and considering ceasing the first registration of diesel private cars.

 

The Government will also legislate for the implementation of municipal solid waste charging and provide additional resources for the implementation of waste reduction and recycling, take the lead to avoid using disposable plastic tableware and study the feasibility of regulatory control on the use of such tableware.

 

To secure building safety, the Government will launch a $2.5 billion Lift Modernisation Subsidy Scheme to aid needy owners in modernising old lifts.

 

The Government has also completed the studies on site selection of the Tin Shui Wai and Tung Chung public markets. It is also identifying sites for public markets in Tseung Kwan O and Kwu Tung North New Development Area.

 

To protect animal welfare, the Government will amend the relevant legislation and implement the Police’s Animal Watchers Scheme.


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(Teleborsa) - Chiusura del 10 ottobre Andamento piatto per l'Hang Seng Index, che propone sul finale un moderato +0,08%. Il quadro tecnico dell'indice della Borsa di Hong Kong suggerisce un'estensione...
          Valuing excitement makes people look forward to old age less and dread it more.      Cache   Translate Page      
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Valuing excitement makes people look forward to old age less and dread it more.

Psychol Aging. 2018 Oct 08;:

Authors: Tsai JL, Sims T, Qu Y, Thomas E, Jiang D, Fung HH

Abstract
Previous research has shown that American culture places a premium on excitement, enthusiasm, and other high-arousal positive states (HAP) compared with various East Asian cultures. In two studies, we tested the prediction that valuing HAP would be associated with less positive personal views of old age (i.e., fewer things people looked forward to and more things they dreaded about old age) in samples of European American, Chinese American, and Hong Kong Chinese younger, middle-aged, and older adults. In Study 1 (N = 849), participants rated how much they ideally wanted to feel HAP during a typical week and described their personal views of old age. As predicted, European American middle and older adults valued HAP more than did their Chinese American and Hong Kong Chinese peers, and these differences in ideal HAP were related to less positive personal views of old age. In Study 2 (N = 164), we experimentally manipulated how much individuals valued HAP and then assessed their personal views of old age: Across cultures, participants in the "value HAP" condition had less positive personal views of old age than did those in the control condition. These effects did not emerge for societal views of old age (i.e., what people associated with "someone" old vs. young). Together, these findings suggest that people's personal views of their own old age are due, in part, to how much excitement they ideally want to feel. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved).

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          Hong Kong maternity leave increased to 14 weeks under raft of pro-family measures announced in chief executive's policy address      Cache   Translate Page      
Hong Kong's leader won rare applause from the women's community on Wednesday as she unveiled an array of pro-family measures, which included longer maternity leave and new initiatives to support breastfeeding.But groups also called on Carrie Lam C
          Four Hong Kong activists lose appeal against conviction over 2014 protest of New Territories development plans      Cache   Translate Page      
Four Hong Kong activists convicted of unruly behaviour over a protest against a controversial government development plan four years ago failed to clear their names in court on Wednesday.Bobo Yip Po-lam, Wong Kan-yuen, Cheung Kwai-choi and Chow Nok-hang d
          Closer economic ties sought with overseas markets such as Britain, Hong Kong leader says, amid US-China trade war impact      Cache   Translate Page      
Hong Kong will seek to form close alliances with overseas markets such as Britain to open up more economic opportunities as the US-China trade war grinds on, the city's leader has announced.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor conceded in her an
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Girls aged from nine to 11 will be vaccinated against HPV in a bid to protect them from cervical cancer, Hong Kong's leader announced on Wednesday morning.The citywide scheme was among a series of health care initiatives announced by Chief Executive C
          Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam's proposal to increase MPF subsidy to HK$29.3 billion over 25 years to remove offsetting mechanism fails to impress business leaders or unionists      Cache   Translate Page      
Small and medium-sized companies are set to benefit most from an improved subsidy proposal of HK$29.3 billion (US$3.75 billion) over 25 years to help them cope with changes to the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) pension scheme, it was announced on Wednesda
          Do you have an old diesel vehicle? Hong Kong government may pay you to take it off the road in bid to reduce roadside pollution      Cache   Translate Page      
About 40,000 old, polluting diesel vehicles used by the commercial sector will be taken off the streets in five years as part of the Hong Kong government's long fight against roadside air pollution.The plans include ex gratia payments to incentivise 4
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          Hope propels a society: CE      Cache   Translate Page      

In her concluding remarks, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said her Policy Address this year built on the city’s strengths under “one country, two systems” combined with the current-term Government’s unswerving efforts since July 1 last year, and carried her determination in leading Hong Kong to strive forward.

 

Mrs Lam noted that since assuming office, she made 30 outbound visits, called on 18 ministries and commissions of the Central Government in Beijing and met with leaders of 19 provincial, municipal and autonomous region governments.

 

She has also received more than 40 visiting international organisations and senior officials, and attended countless gatherings with the business community, academia and professional sectors.

 

By listening attentively and observing carefully, Mrs Lam has come to the conclusion that Hong Kong’s intrinsic strengths are ever increasing, Hong Kong people remain outstanding, their can-do spirit is alive and well, and Hong Kong is still highly regarded and envied by many.

 

The Chief Executive believes that she and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government are capable of building a better Hong Kong.

 

She also believes all sectors in the community will leverage on their own strengths and seize the opportunities presented by the Belt & Road Initiative and the Greater Bay Area development in exploring new areas of economic growth.

 

Mrs Lam added that our country will continue to provide staunch support for Hong Kong, help us rise to challenges and continue to inject new impetus to facilitate Hong Kong’s development.

 

Holding on to these three beliefs of believing in ourselves, believing in Hong Kong and believing in our country, we will certainly see hope, she said.


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In her second Policy Address today, Chief Executive Carrie Lam proposed increasing the number of service places under the Pilot Scheme on On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services from 5,000 to 7,000 in October 2019, enabling pre-school children with special needs to receive necessary training early in their prime learning period.

 

The Government will also strengthen the establishment of speech therapists and social workers and set up mobile training centres.

 

To meet the different needs of seniors living in the community and to offer them choices, the Government will, within 2019, provide an additional 2,000 service quota under the Enhanced Home & Community Care Services.

 

It will also implement a new scheme to set up day care units for seniors at qualified private and self-financing residential care homes for the elderly to boost the supply of day care services.

 

The Government plans to further provide 1,000 vouchers under the second phase of the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly to support ageing in place for elderly people with moderate or severe impairment, bringing the total to 7,000 in 2019-20.

 

The Old Age Living Allowance will also be extended to Guangdong and Fujian provinces to facilitate Hong Kong elderly people who choose to reside in these two places.


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The SAR government’s decision not to renew the working visa of British journalist Victor Mallet, who is also first vice-president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC), has raised concerns in the West about the state of free press and free speech in Hong Kong. Even some members of the pro-establishment camp found the way the […]
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In November, I will celebrate 50 years of being given the joy and privilege of ministering. It is and always will be the best thing that God could ever have called me to do with my life.

Over the years I've witnessed incredible miracles and walked through challenging wilderness seasons. These mountaintop and valley seasons have taught me a great deal about myself, my God and His kingdom, and they have caused me to grow and stretch in ways I never could have foreseen at the outset of my ministry career. As I look back, it's clear that my most significant lessons could be summed up in these six words of advice:

1. Be bold.

2. Be broken.

3. Be bright.

While studying the life of David and his desire for the presence of God in his life and in the lives of His people, I realized that throughout every battle and conflict, you can find the evidence of boldness, brokenness and brightness in him. These characteristics in David are what I believe made him a man after God's own heart, and they are why God was able to use him to impact the world around him, including his government. They are what will allow you and me to make an impact on our churches, our communities and our nation too.

As I was watching the Senate hearing in Washington this week, my heart was broken for where we are as a country. We are broken, divided and hostile toward each other. The enemy is saying the church is bigoted, racist, and condescending and that we doubt the Word of God. The devil wants people to believe the church is a thing of the past, so he whispers lies that cause people to question why we would pay attention to something written thousands of years ago. As for believers, even among our ranks there is little evidence of brokenness before the living, mighty, and holy God. There are very few who are willing to humble themselves and repent, or embrace God's love. Each side is flush with