Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beijing’s dirty water exhibition hits road to highlight environmental cost of...

At first glance, it may seem like just a black truck filled with bottles of water, but a closer look reveals a darker – or rather murkier – side to what’s sloshing around inside. Its cargo of more than 500 bottles of Nongfu Spring, a ubiquitous Chinese brand, filled with contaminated drinking water from the…

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Business

Hong Kong’s bars, restaurants and malls count their luck after World Cup brings boost in business worth hundreds of millions

Hong Kong’s bars, restaurants and malls count their luck after World Cup brings boost...

As local fans bid farewell to a month of World Cup football, the city’s malls, bars and restaurants are celebrating a boost in business from the tournament worth hundreds of millions of Hong Kong dollars. Shopping centres on Monday reported a significant spike in the number of customers compared with a normal summer, and catering…
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…
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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You rake it, you buy it: how Chinese shopper’s tantrum over ginger prices proved costly

You rake it, you buy it: how Chinese shopper’s tantrum over ginger prices proved...

A woman who lost her temper after getting into a row with supermarket staff in southwest China over the price of pickled ginger ended up paying more than she bargained for after throwing the food on the floor. The woman got into a shouting match with shop workers after being asked to pay just one…
The invention keeping Hong Kong street lights glowing during dangerous thunderstorms

The invention keeping Hong Kong street lights glowing during dangerous thunderstorms

A local engineer has come up with an award-winning solution to stop lamp posts that use LEDs from failing in Hong Kong’s bad weather and plunging road users into dangerous darkness. The LEDs – light-emitting diodes – inside modern street lamps are popular because of their energy efficiency, but can break if the electricity supply…
Air China will fire pilots in e-cigarette smoking fiasco that caused plane to drop 25,000-feet in 10 minutes

Air China will fire pilots in e-cigarette smoking fiasco that caused plane to drop...

Air China will fire pilots of an aircraft that plummeted 25,000 feet in 10 minutes, after the state aviation regulator said that one of them had smoked an e-cigarette and made an error that forced the plane’s emergency descent on Tuesday. “After an investigation to verify the incident, the decision is to suspend the related…
Joshua Wong’s Demosisto raises most money at Hong Kong’s July 1 march but traditional pro-democracy groups fall behind

Joshua Wong’s Demosisto raises most money at Hong Kong’s July 1 march but traditional...

Activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung’s Demosisto party raised HK$530,000 (US$67,950) at the July 1 march to mark Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule 21 years ago, making it the top fundraiser among seven pro-democracy groups at the annual event. Two other parties set up in the past seven years – Democracy Groundwork and People Power –…

Diplomacy & Defence

Taiwan puts second squad of US Apache attack helicopters on duty as Beijing boosts military presence

Taiwan puts second squad of US Apache attack helicopters on duty as Beijing boosts...

Taiwan’s second squadron of US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters has gone into service as tensions build with Beijing. The 15 helicopters, known as the “tank busters”, were commissioned on Tuesday and joined the first batch of 14 AH-64Es stationed at the Longtan Air Base in Taoyuan, in northern Taiwan, the island’s defence ministry said. Taiwanese…
China’s soybean imports forecast to fall as tariffs hit and buyers switch to other animal feed

China’s soybean imports forecast to fall as tariffs hit and buyers switch to other...

China on Thursday cut its forecast for soybean imports for the 2018/19 crop year, warning that higher prices due to Beijing’s trade war with Washington will curb demand as farmers switch to alternative ingredients for their animal feed. Imports of soybeans in the crop year that starts on October 1 would be 93.85 million tonnes,…
Trade war? China’s oil painters focused on domestic battles as US tariffs loom

Trade war? China’s oil painters focused on domestic battles as US tariffs loom

Painters in a southern Chinese “art factory” village, once known for exporting most of the world’s oil paintings, were largely resigned to the newest threat to their business: the US-China trade war. The artists of the Dafen Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen, already battling rising costs and declining market demand, quietly worked their paintbrushes in…