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How Carrie Lam could end the Hong Kong turmoil in a single speech – with an amnesty for protesters and police, an independent inquiry and more social welfare

After skipping a press conference on Monday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor held a short one largely in Cantonese on Tuesday. It was an opportunity lost; she repeated previous mantras, as though the government has done no work despite being absent from public view. The government holds the solutions for peace in its hands but fiddles while Hong Kong continues to smoulder. No change from Government House means no change. Rich leaders blaming relatively impecunious protesters for… Source link

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Love Kaohsiung Rural Independent Travel – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN – Media OutReach – 2 August 2019 – In order to promote rural experience activities and agricultural products, Kaohsiung City Government Agriculture Bureau is participating in the Autumn International Travel Exhibition at the Singapore Exhibition Centre with the Kaohsiung City Tourism Association and local practitioners from August 2nd to 4th. Many interested Singaporeans are inquiring about rural tours in Kaohsiung. As a preferred brand of rural tourism in Kaohsiung, One-day Farmer brings different rural trips to Singapore every year. Because there is no agricultural development in Singapore, the program will naturally…

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Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are all wrong. The US needs an independent Fed

There are many things in life we take for granted. Recent breakdowns in Hong Kong’s MTR system serve as a reminder that a functioning transport system is critical for a city to run efficiently.  For many years, global investors took an independent US Federal Reserve as a given. The central bank’s autonomous dedication to achieving price stability and full employment in the US provides an anchor of stability to the US dollar and the global financial system. In recent years, this independence… Source link

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Slump in China’s box office is helping big cinema chains squeeze the air out of independent theatres, analysts say

The growth of China’s film market is likely to slow down further this year after a disappointing first quarter. But that could be good news for big cinema chains, according to analysts.China’s box office revenue plunged by 8 per cent year-on-year in the first three months to 18.6 billion yuan (US$2.8 billion), data compiled by movie ticketing platform Taopiaopiao shows.That suggests the industry could be facing another tough year ahead after a decade of exponential expansion ended abruptly four… Source link

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China says state-owned enterprises are ‘independent market players’

China’s state assets oversight agency denied there is a “systematic arrangement for extra subsidies” for central government-owned firms and called for more cooperation with foreign companies, amid growing criticism from the US and Europe over unfair competition.“State-owned enterprises are independent market players. They are self-operated, self-financed, self-sustained, self-disciplined and self-developed,” Xiao Yaqing, chairman of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration… Source link

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‘Nice but a bit dull’ – why China’s growing ranks of affluent, independent women don’t want their men to buy them jewellery

Millions of besotted men around the world will shower their partners with gifts today, many opting for jewellery to symbolise their undying love on Valentine’s Day. But shiny new necklaces and earrings may not be the best way for men to woo their other halves in China, where a growing number of affluent, independent women say they would rather buy their own. Crystal Zhang, 32, said her boyfriend has tended to choose classic designs that are a bit on the boring side when buying her items of jewellery. “They are…

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Aloysius Pang’s death: Independent committee of inquiry convened to investigate case, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A Committee of Inquiry (COI), chaired for the first time by a State Court-nominated judge, was convened on Jan 25 to look into the circumstances leading to the death of Singapore actor Aloysius Pang while he was on reservist duty, the Defence Ministry (Mindef) announced on Wednesday (Jan 30). Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen will also deliver a ministerial statement addressing recent national service training deaths when Parliament next sits on Feb 11. Since June last year, Mindef has included serving or former judges as people eligible to…

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The Independent faces legal action after refusing to remove NTUC Foodfare articles, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Sociopolitical website The Independent has refused demands from NTUC Foodfare to remove two articles and two Facebook posts, which includes claims that a hawker died from “overwork”, and now faces the prospect of being sued for defamation. Lawyers for NTUC Foodfare, a social enterprise, had sent a letter on Tuesday (Nov 20) to The Independent owner Protegesoft, to remove the articles by 3pm the next day and publish an apology, or else face legal action. The Independent failed to do so by the deadline, and instead posted on…

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Different Heroes: Building a happy and independent life is 22-year-old’s dream, Singapore News

22-year-old Choo Junwei’s hopes for the future is a simple one. “My dream is to have a better job, be happy and cheerful, and have a better life.” Junwei was diagnosed with moderate Autism Specrum Disorder (ASD) with developmental delay when he was three years old, after his worried parents brought him to the doctor as he still did not speak. Said his mother Yvonne: “We just have to move on, we cannot say “it’s unfair for me”. As a child, his behaviour was often perceived as disruptive. “When we…

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