24,000 of Hong Kong’s poorest households set to get subsidy of up to HK$10,000 to help revamp subdivided flats

Some 24,000 Hong Kong households that live in cramped, subdivided flats may get a one-off payment of up to HK$10,000 to revamp their homes rather than the more popular call of a rental subsidy to ease their financial burden, according to the welfare minister.Law Chi-kwong on Sunday said the HK$290 million (US$37.2 million) plan to […]

7 Keys To Exponential Growth Driven By The Whole Team

Many startups and entrepreneurs I advise still default to growing their business via the traditional top-down, order-taking culture. I’m convinced that you can’t stay competitive that way with today’s customers, and today’s employees. It’s time to push decision making down into the organization –insisting that the people closest to the customer and the markets learn […]

From violence to dialogue: as land conflicts intensify, UN boosts efforts to resolve disputes through mediation

The town of Kitchanga, in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), hosts the highest concentration of internally displaced people in the country, and has been one of the regions most affected by clashes between local communities, made up of Tutsis and Hutus, especially in terms of accessing land. Today, however, thanks […]

The secret to making cats love you: This one brand of Japanese jeans, believers say

Your wallet will love Uniqlo’s ultra-affordable sister brand, and some say cats will too. For as much as humans love cats, the kitties aren’t always quite as enthusiastic in returning the affection. Sure, they might allow you to pet them, but they tend to be a little more discerning about which members of humanity they’ll […]

Rare all-white panda caught on camera in China – state media

A rare all-white panda has been caught on camera at a nature reserve in southwest China, showing albinism exists among wild pandas in the region, state media reported. The spotless, red-eyed animal was photographed while trekking through the forest mid-April in southwestern Sichuan province, said official news agency Xinhua on Saturday. Photo: AFP Photo/Wolong National Nature […]

10 Sunday Reads

My easy like Sunday morning reads: • Jason Zweig on David Perell’s podcast (Jason Zweig) • Seven Trends in Investment Management (CFA Institute) • Elon Musk on Moon Bases, Mars, and How Not to Be Vaporized (Popular Mechanics) • When “All In” is the Safest Bet (Medium) • Al Gore’s environmental-sustainability fund has raised $1… […]

Thousands march in Hong Kong to mark 30th anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown and protest against government’s fugitive bill

More than 2,000 demonstrators took to Hong Kong’s steaming, rain-drenched streets on Sunday to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Beijing’s bloody crackdown on democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989.The turnout for the annual march reached a four-year high, with some Hongkongers said to be taking part to protest against the government’s controversial […]

UN Mission in Afghanistan ‘gravely concerned’ about ill-treatment of prisoners by Taliban, following first-hand testimony

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed “grave concern” on Sunday over “credible accounts” it has been given that Taliban militants have been mistreating prisoners, which in some cases “may amount to torture”.  source https://news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1039191

Just add H²0 to go? Chinese firm claims its hydrogen-powered car can travel 500km fulled by water

A car company based in central China claimed it has built a hydrogen-powered vehicle that could travel up to 500 kilometres powered only by water.The prototype made by Qingnian Cars in Nanyang, a city in Henan province, made its maiden journey on Wednesday when local Communist Party chiefs visited the plant, according to the Nanyang […]

Chinese teenager dies after stage collapses during dance audition

A 13-year-old was killed and 14 other children injured when a stage collapsed during an audition on Saturday evening in southeast China.Over a hundred children and dozens of adults were standing on the stage at the Golden Daffodil theatre in Zhangzhou before the centre part of the stage suddenly collapsed, bringing dozens of people down […]

China’s navy is being forced to rethink its spending plans as cost of trade war rises

China is having to reassess its naval shipbuilding plans in the face of economic, technical and strategic challenges at home and abroad, according to military insiders.While President Xi Jinping’s goal for modernising the military remains a priority, the nation’s top brass are mindful of the high costs of building a new generation of military ships, […]

Elderly passenger dies after car loses control, mounts pavement and slams into bus stop in Hong Kong

A passenger in his 80s died after the private car he was in lost control, mounted the pavement and rammed into a bus stop in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Bay area on Sunday.Two others in the car and four pedestrians were also hurt in the accident, according to police.The car lost control at around 2.30pm and […]

Former Executive Council member Anna Wu urges Hong Kong government to slow down on fugitive bill and implement one-time deal with Taiwan on Chan Tong-kai murder case

A former executive councillor has urged Hong Kong to slow down on its controversial extradition bill and instead implement a one-time deal with Taiwan to resolve a high-profile murder case.Competition Commission chairwoman Anna Wu Hung-yuk, speaking at her personal capacity, said the fierce debate over the amendment does not have to be in a make-or-break […]