Saturday, July 21, 2018

Lawmakers blast MTR’s disclosure of second case of subsidence at Hong...

A second case of land subsidence at a light rail station in Hong Kong was revealed on Wednesday, with lawmakers blasting its casual disclosure and comparing the government’s approach to transparency to “squeezing a tube of toothpaste”. Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu launched a broadside after acting secretary for transport and housing, Raymond So…

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Healthy app winners announced

Healthy app winners announced

The Office for Film, Newspaper & Article Administration awarded prizes today to winners of apps and websites promoting healthy living.   Star Hoppers, a mobile app developed by the Hong Kong Space Museum, was among 10 winners of the 2017 Healthy Mobile Phone/Tablet Apps Contest.   The Department of Health’s EatSmart website was among 10…
Gov’t to watch trade dispute closely

Gov’t to watch trade dispute closely

Hong Kong must keep a close watch on the trade dispute between the Mainland and the US.   Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau made the statement today after meeting representatives of major chambers of commerce and small and medium enterprise associations.   They discussed the possible impact of the trade dispute on…
Exchange Fund assets down

Exchange Fund assets down

The Exchange Fund's foreign assets decreased by $500 million to $3.5395 trillion in June, the Monetary Authority announced today.   The monetary base amounted to $1.6521 trillion, while claims on the private sector in Hong Kong was at $212.9 billion.
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Costumes, effects and outsize fees – how Asura’s record budget produced an epic box office flop

Costumes, effects and outsize fees – how Asura’s record budget produced an epic box...

On paper, China’s latest epic movie Asura checked all the right boxes: The star-studded cast combined veteran Hong Kong actors with the latest mainland teenage heart throbs. It had dazzling action scenes, lavish costumes, technical and production support from the Hollywood crews that worked on Furious 7 and Deadpool. Still, the movie failed miserably, grossing…
It’s not carbs or sugar. Eating more fats makes you fat, study on mice shows

It’s not carbs or sugar. Eating more fats makes you fat, study on mice...

Among dieters, it’s an eternal debate: What is the best way to keep weight off? A high-carb diet? Low-sugar? All-protein? Now, new joint research by Chinese and UK scientists suggests something simpler – and maybe something we already knew in our gut: to avoid putting on the pounds, avoid fat in your diet. The Chinese…
Chicken blood for the soul? Animal ritual toast at real estate firm’s project launch ‘just a stunt’

Chicken blood for the soul? Animal ritual toast at real estate firm’s project launch...

One of China’s biggest property developers has denied suggestions that sales staff drank cups of chicken blood during a toast at the launch of a real estate project, a Chinese newspaper reports. The denial came after a photo appeared online purportedly of a Country Garden cleaner drawing blood from a freshly killed chicken and pouring…
Patrick Nip hails ‘strong team spirit’ within Hong Kong government and praises leader’s decision to promote career civil servants to top jobs

Patrick Nip hails ‘strong team spirit’ within Hong Kong government and praises leader’s decision...

The appointment of veteran civil servants and politicians knowledgeable in public service has created a “strong team spirit” within the Hong Kong government, according to the city’s constitutional affairs chief Patrick Nip Tak-kuen. While Nip stopped short of calling Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor a better leader than her predecessor Leung Chun-ying, his assessment…

Diplomacy & Defence

Chinese President Xi Jinping takes pacifying line on Taiwan as hawks call for force

Chinese President Xi Jinping takes pacifying line on Taiwan as hawks call for force

Chinese President Xi Jinping has struck a more conciliatory note in his latest meeting with a former senior Taiwanese politician in a bid to pacify the island’s public, as voices grow on the mainland to reunify the two sides of the strait by force, analysts said. In a meeting in Beijing on Friday with Lien…
South China Sea disputes, stalled investments to top agenda when Malaysian envoy visits Beijing, observers say

South China Sea disputes, stalled investments to top agenda when Malaysian envoy visits Beijing,...

Beijing’s military activity in the South China Sea and the resumption of stalled projects in Malaysia are likely to top the agenda when Kuala Lumpur’s special envoy meets Chinese leaders on Wednesday, according to diplomatic observers. The visit of Tun Daim Zainuddin, chairman of the Council of Eminent Persons, will pave the way for recently…
China pledges US$23 billion in loans and aid to Arab states as it boosts ties in Middle East

China pledges US$23 billion in loans and aid to Arab states as it boosts...

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday promised more than US$23 billion in loans and aid to Arab states, as Beijing steadily steps up engagement in the Middle East. Beijing will also further explore the possibility of free-trade deals with each of the 22 states in the Arab League, as Xi reiterated commitments to globalisation at…