Thursday, April 19, 2018

How China’s ‘Coke Boy’ became the real thing 10 years after...

A survivor of the Sichuan earthquake, who became famous for asking for a cold Coca-Cola after being rescued, is working for the soft drinks giant a decade on from the tragedy, a local newspaper has reported. Xue Hao was 18 when he spent 80 hours trapped in the rubble after the devastating earthquake that struck…

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Alerts issued on bogus email, website

Alerts issued on bogus email, website

The Monetary Authority issued alerts today about a fraudulent email claiming to be sent by the Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation and a bogus website purporting to be linked with Hang Seng Bank.   The phishing email asks recipients to save and open attachments. HSBC said it has no connection with the email and reminded…
Michael Wong starts Beijing visit

Michael Wong starts Beijing visit

Secretary for Development Michael Wong visited the Ministry of Housing & Urban-Rural Development and the Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office in Beijing today.   He met Vice-Minister of Housing & Urban-Rural Development Yi Jun to discuss the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area, the Belt & Road Initiative and the Mainland & Hong Kong Closer Economic…
Sales seminar to be held

Sales seminar to be held

The Trade & Industry Department will hold a seminar on sales strategy on April 27.   Research Director of the Asia Pacific Institute for Strategy Mark Lee will discuss how to position sales on customers' needs that have not been found and met yet to achieve sales growth.   Conducted in Cantonese, the seminar will…
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43,000 needy and elderly in Hong Kong first to get cash handouts

43,000 needy and elderly in Hong Kong first to get cash handouts

About 43,000 needy and elderly Hongkongers will be the first to receive cash handouts announced in an amendment to the budget last month to give up to HK$4,000 (US$510) each to 2.8 million Hongkongers. They have been given priority as they are already receiving social or disability allowances and are likely most in need of…
Outcry after Chinese college guard beats stray dog to death

Outcry after Chinese college guard beats stray dog to death

A university in eastern China has vowed to better handle stray animals after videos of a security guard beating a stray dog to death sparked a public outcry, a TV news station reported. A security guard at China Pharmaceutical University in Nanjing in Jiangsu province was filmed on Friday hitting the dog’s head multiple times…
China wants to be a front runner in blockchain technology even if the ban on bitcoin remains

China wants to be a front runner in blockchain technology even if the ban...

People.cn, the official website of the People’s Daily, has launched a section dedicated to blockchain coverage, signalling Beijing’s official endorsement of the technology, even as a crackdown on digital currencies began in September. Stories related to blockchain as well as information on seminars and other industry-related events can be found under the site’s investment and…
No thanks, Hong Kong construction professionals say when told of easier access to mainland jobs

No thanks, Hong Kong construction professionals say when told of easier access to mainland...

Hong Kong and mainland authorities are in talks to allow more construction professionals to work on either side of the border without taking additional tests to qualify, according to the city’s development chief. Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai-lun made the announcement on Tuesday, but local industry members said in response they were not keen…

Diplomacy & Defence

China not expecting any soybean supply problems in short term, agriculture ministry says

China not expecting any soybean supply problems in short term, agriculture ministry says

China’s agriculture ministry said on Tuesday it expects soybean supplies to be “basically normal” in the short-term after Beijing proposed a 25 per cent tariff on US imports, but will monitor the impact for the rest of the year. In its first official comment on the issue, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said…
Taiwan actor Chang Chen on Cannes Film Festival jury, but they call him Chinese, prompting Taiwan to request correction

Taiwan actor Chang Chen on Cannes Film Festival jury, but they call him Chinese,...

Taiwanese actor Chang Chen will be on the jury of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the festival announced today. Just one problem: it says Chang is Chinese rather than Taiwanese on its website.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan has contacted the festival organisers, and urged them to correct the information, Taiwan’s Central News…
US aircraft carrier sparks regional fears as it challenges China’s military might in South China Sea

US aircraft carrier sparks regional fears as it challenges China’s military might in South...

As fighter jets streaked overhead, a US aircraft carrier sailed through the disputed South China Sea to the Philippines on Tuesday, sparking regional alarm as strove to display America’s military might in the face of Chinese development in the sea. The US Navy flew a small group of Philippine generals, officials and journalists to the…