Sunday, August 19, 2018

Seaside holiday turns into overnight ordeal for novice swimmer stranded alone...

Emergency workers rescued an exhausted novice swimmer off the coast of northeast China after she was swept out and spent the night on a pontoon unable to get back to shore, according to the Peninsula Morning News. The 45-year-old woman, identified only as Fang, was spotted by early morning swimmers on the pontoon about 800…

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Bogus email alert issued

Bogus email alert issued

The Monetary Authority today issued an alert on a phishing email claiming to be from the Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation.   The phishing email address is customerservice@hsbc.com.hk.   The bank said it has no connection with the email and reminded customers not to open the attachment in it.   Anyone who has provided personal…
Edward Yau visits Wong Tai Sin

Edward Yau visits Wong Tai Sin

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau today visited an elderly centre and a social enterprise in Wong Tai Sin.   Mr Yau toured Rhythm Garden Lutheran Centre for the Elderly to learn about its services and facilities.   The centre provides support and outreach services for the elderly in the community and organises…
FS visits Dongguan

FS visits Dongguan

Financial Secretary Paul Chan visited Dongguan to meet senior officials and learn about the latest developments in the high-tech industry today.   He toured the China Spallation Neutron Source facility, including its control centre and underground accelerator facilities.    It is one of the key science and technology infrastructure projects of the National 11th Five-Year…
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Brace yourselves for Britain’s Trump as the next prime minister

Brace yourselves for Britain’s Trump as the next prime minister

Just when you were beginning to wonder if you’d heard the last of Boris Johnson’s buffoonery, Britain’s national clown is back with a bang. After a sabbatical of several weeks following his melodramatic resignation as foreign secretary over Prime Minister Theresa May’s soft Brexit plan, he’s now causing a conniption by deliberately trolling his country’s…
Police in eastern China use QR codes on dog collars to bring pet owners to heel

Police in eastern China use QR codes on dog collars to bring pet owners...

Dog owners who let their pets roam the streets, fail to clean up after their animals or allow other misdemeanours can now be fined by police with the swipe of a QR code in eastern China. The latest city to introduce the system is Xuzhou, in Jiangsu province, where a mobile phone app is soon…
Why other countries are giving China a licence to print money

Why other countries are giving China a licence to print money

China is printing foreign currencies on a massive scale as Beijing seeks to increase its influence on the world economy and geopolitics. Multiple sources in the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation confirmed to the South China Morning Post last month that money production plants across the country were running at near full capacity to…
HSBC reports 6 per cent bump in second-quarter profits as it launches new strategy to boost profitability

HSBC reports 6 per cent bump in second-quarter profits as it launches new strategy...

HSBC said on Monday that its earnings in the second quarter rose 6 per cent as Chief Executive John Flint begins to implement his strategy to reinvigorate the lender. Europe’s largest bank reported a profit of US$4.09 billion in the second quarter, compared with a profit of US$3.87 billion in the same period last year.…

Diplomacy & Defence

As Beijing squeezes Taiwan, Trump’s US gives Tsai a warm embrace

As Beijing squeezes Taiwan, Trump’s US gives Tsai a warm embrace

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s tour of the Americas, with stopovers in Los Angeles and Houston, is evidence that however diplomatically isolated Taipei may appear to be, it “does not stand alone” By Cary Huang 18 Aug 2018 Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s whirlwind diplomatic tour of the Americas is a test of both her leadership and…
China says its business and energy ties with Iran don’t harm other countries

China says its business and energy ties with Iran don’t harm other countries

China’s business and energy ties with Iran do not harm the interests of any other country, the country’s foreign ministry said, after US President Donald Trump said companies doing business with Iran would be barred from the United States. China has already defended its commercial relations with Iran as open and transparent as US sanctions…
Beyond tariffs: China’s ‘precision strikes’ on US businesses

Beyond tariffs: China’s ‘precision strikes’ on US businesses

US companies in China are bracing for more retaliatory pain from Beijing as the trade row between the two countries shows no sign of abating. Observers said some American firms had reported higher costs and much greater regulatory scrutiny, and feared a major drop-off in business from rising nationalism. The fallout follows a decision by…