Chinese parents told vaccines ‘generally safe’ after scandals

The head of China’s largest influenza vaccine supplier has urged mainland parents not to rush to Hong Kong for shots, claiming they might not be as safe as people expect.An Kang, a National People’s Congress deputy and chairman of Hualan Biological Engineering – which supplied 80 per cent of flu vaccines on the mainland last […]

iPhone maker distances itself from ‘unauthorised’ agency discriminating against China’s ethnic minorities

The world’s largest maker of iPhones has distanced itself from an “unauthorised” recruitment agency near its factory in Zhengzhou that was excluding ethnic minority jobseekers from applying for jobs.Foxconn, which employs around million workers in China, was alerted by an earlier investigation by the South China Morning Post to a sign inside Li Zhong Human […]

China’s crayfish craze makes vocational training a winner

China’s first batch of students to major in crayfish – small, freshwater crustaceans which resemble lobsters – have been snapped up by employers, months before they are due to graduate this summer. While most senior college students are in the middle of job search season, every crayfish specialist preparing to graduate from the two-year course […]

China must punish officials for ‘cooking the books’ to improve data credibility, top lawmaker says

China should increase supervision and punishment of government officials who manipulate statistics to improve the credibility of its economic data, according to a top lawmaker.Analysts have long had doubts over whether official Chinese government economic data accurately reflects what is going on in the economy.A recent study led by several researchers from the Chinese University […]

Female academic EM doctors less likely than male doctors to hold rank of full professor As few as one-third of academic emergency medicine physicians are female and these physicians face significant disparities in representation and academic rank by gender. Researchers have found that female academic emergency medicine physicians are less likely to hold the rank of full professor, compared to male counterparts. Vía Latest Science News — ScienceDaily

China vehicles sales falls for eighth straight month in February, damping hopes of economic upturn

China’s vehicles sales fell for the eighth straight month in February, a further decline that could dampen Beijing’s plan to bank on the industry to bolster consumption to stabilise the country’s slowing growth.Sales for all vehicle fell 13.8 per cent in February compared with the same period in 2018, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers […]

Proposed cap on how much Hong Kong’s elderly can spend on eye tests leaves optometrists fuming

Hong Kong health officials have proposed a HK$2,000 cap every two years on the value elderly residents can spend on optometric services using their medical care vouchers, drawing ire from the industry.The government had initially considered a HK$1,000 cap, but raised it after consulting patients’ groups and optometrists.The idea, according to Secretary for Food and […]

Pro-establishment lawmaker Regina Ip asks if RTHK should maintain its news department, given other options on the market

Hong Kong pro-establishment lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has questioned the need for the city’s public broadcaster RTHK to keep its news department, as many other local radio stations have similar operations.The remarks by Ip, a member of the Executive Council, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s cabinet, were quickly rejected by the RTHK Programme […]

Parents of children with special needs say HK$200,000 entrance threshold for new trust is too high and out of reach for the average Hongkonger

Parents and legislators have criticised the government for setting a HK$200,000 entrance threshold for a public trust for Hongkongers with special needs, and said the amount will sideline low-income families.But the city’s welfare chief said on Monday the figure was necessary to cover disbursements in the first year, and added that there were other government […]

Transport worker who killed traffic policeman in Hong Kong while speeding to make bread deliveries on time admits driving dangerously

A transport worker who killed a Hong Kong traffic police officer while speeding in his truck to make bread deliveries on time pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on Monday.The District Court heard the accident happened on the East Kowloon Corridor in To Kwa Wan at 5.22am on March 22 last year when driver Ng Kin-shing, […]

Discrepancy in law prompts city to suspend enforcement in parks and leisure sites of no-smoking laws and other legislation

Law enforcement actions against smoking and other illegal activities in about 450 public parks and leisure sites in Hong Kong have been suspended as officials seek legal advice on discrepancies between the Chinese and English versions of the relevant laws.For now, staff from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will confine themselves to verbally advising […]

Hongkonger who worked for UN and died in Ethiopian Airlines crash remembered as ‘passionate, inspirational, and global minded’

The only Hongkonger to die in the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people on Sunday has been remembered as passionate, inspirational, and global minded.Victor Tsang Shing-ngai, 37, a gender analysis specialist for the United Nations Environment Programme based in Kenya, was one of 19 UN staff members killed in the accident just outside Addis […]

Beijing reassures investors in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan over new foreign investment law

Beijing’s top official on Hong Kong affairs has reassured the city’s investors, as well as those from Macau and Taiwan, that they will be covered by China’s new foreign investment law set to be passed this week at the National People’s Congress (NPC).The remarks by Zhang Xiaoming, director of the central government’s Hong Kong and […]

If the 2011 tsunami hit Tokyo’s Shibuya Scramble Crossing, this is how high it would’ve been

New sign comes with a poignant message for the end of the Heisei era. Today marks eight years since Japan’s northern Tohoku region was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami, which claimed the lives of over 15,000 people, with thousands of others reported injured and missing. As one of the most devastating disasters in […]

House of Hope: Battling the Devastation of America’s Opioid Crisis

The U.S. has failed to get it’s burgeoning opioid crisis under control, with the number of newborns suffering from withdrawal having multiplied fivefold in the last decade. One family in New Hampshire is doing what it can to help. source

The relevance of judges’ assessment of litigants’ ability to participate effectively

In Maitland-Hudson v Solicitors Regulation Authority, Green LJ and Carr J considered the appeal of the appellant (Alexis Maitland-Hudson) against findings of misconduct and dishonesty made against him by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in May 2018. Those findings of misconduct and dishonesty resulted in the appellant being struck off the roll of solicitors and […]

Potential way to improve cancer surgery outcomes by managing nontraditional risk factors In a study of 142 patients preparing for cancer surgery, researchers say they have evidence that psychological or social risk factors such as depression, limited resilience and lack of emergency resources along with standard medical risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes are linked with higher risks of surgical complications. Vía Latest […]

China, Indonesia ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleets after Ethiopia crash

China and Indonesia grounded their fleets of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft on Monday, and investigators recovered the black box from a crash that killed 157 people, the second disaster in less than five months involving the new model. source

UK Brexit minister to make statement to parliament on Monday

British Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will make a statement to parliament on Monday, the day before the government plans to hold a so-called meaningful vote on her Brexit deal, a Twitter account by the opposition Labour Party said, without providing further details. source

Iranian human rights lawyer sentenced to 38 years in jail, lashes: husband

Jailed Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes, her husband Reza Khandan wrote in a post on Facebook on Monday, without specifying what charges she faced. source

Russian passenger jet makes emergency landing in Baku over bomb threat

A Russian Ural Airlines jet bound for Moscow from Bahrain with 225 people aboard made an emergency landing in Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday because of a suspected bomb on board the plane, Baku airport said. source

Turkish foreign ministry summons Belgium ambassador in Ankara

Turkey’s foreign ministry summoned Belgium’s ambassador in Ankara on Monday over a Belgian judicial decision it said had blocked prosecution of people with alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a foreign ministry official said. source

Britain’s May calls Juncker again on Brexit, talks continue: PM’s spokesman

British Prime Minister Theresa May had a further telephone call with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, her spokesman said, adding that the Brexit talks were continuing. source

UK Labour leader Corbyn to ask UK PM about progress in Brexit talks

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn will ask Prime Minister Theresa May about progress made in achieving legal changes to her divorce deal and the timetable for the so-called a meaningful vote on her agreement in parliament on Monday. source

In Paris pub, British punters drown sorrows with Brexit beer

If Prime Minister Theresa May or any other Briton needs some Dutch courage to see them through the fraught final countdown to Britain’s departure from the European Union they need look no further than a Paris pub and its popular “Brexit” beer. source

‘Modest advances’ made into Islamic State Syria enclave: SDF commander

U.S.-backed fighters are moving slowly into Islamic State’s final pocket in eastern Syria to avoid losses in the face of sniper fire and landmines, one of their commanders said on Monday. source

Algeria judges refuse to oversee vote if Bouteflika participates

More than 1,000 judges said they would refuse to oversee Algeria’s election next month if President Abdelaziz Bouteflika contests it, in one of the biggest blows to the ailing leader since the start of protests now in their third week. source

Malaysia frees Indonesian woman accused of Kim Jong Nam’s poisoning

An Indonesian woman accused in the 2017 chemical poison murder of the North Korean leader’s half-brother was freed on Monday after a Malaysian court dropped the charge in a case that drew suspicions of being a political assassination. source

North Korean embassy defaced ahead of Kim Jong Nam trial

The North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur was defaced with graffiti early on Monday, just hours before the trial of two women accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was to resume, authorities said. source

World must prepare for inevitable next flu pandemic, WHO says

The world will inevitably face another pandemic of flu and needs to prepare for the potential devastation that could cause, and not underestimate the risks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. source

Germany sees continued issues with readiness of submarines, aircraft

The readiness of Germany’s weapons systems stood at about 70 percent in 2018 overall, but its submarines, heavy-lift helicopters and Tornado fighter jets faced continued challenges, the German Defence Ministry told lawmakers on Monday. source

Bells and sirens as Japan marks tsunami anniversary, pledges recovery

Bells rang and sirens sounded on Monday as Japan observed a moment of silence to commemorate the eighth anniversary of a massive earthquake and tsunami that left more than 20,000 people dead or missing, and triggered triple nuclear meltdowns. source

Kremlin says it’s not Putin’s place to answer Briton whose mother died in poisoning

President Vladimir Putin will not reply to a letter from the son of a woman killed by a suspected Russian nerve agent near the English city of Salisbury last year because Russia’s ambassador to Britain has already done so, the Kremlin said on Monday. source

EU eyes cash demands as Brexit talks turn sour

Britain will face EU demands for billions of euros in cash if it fails to strike a Brexit deal, Brussels officials and diplomats said on Monday after talks with London stalled 18 days before it is due to leave the bloc. source

UK PM May will give parliament a ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote on Tuesday: spokesman

British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold the so-called a meaningful vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday as planned, her spokesman said after media reports that she could downgrade the status of the vote. source

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10 Monday AM Reads

My Sunshine Week back to work morning train reads: • Bernstein: How to Think About Stocks and Bonds in a Bear Market (Wall Street Journal) see also The Perfect Bull Market Portfolio Might Have Blown Up Your Firm (Bloomberg) • Inside Twitter’s ambitious plan to change the way we tweet (Recode) • ‘The U.S. has awesome data on almost everything’:… […]