[Fake NewAlert] The Trending Write-up by Bill Gates is Fake

Bill Gates寫的?還是Bill Liu寫的? 左圖:在WhatsApp流傳聲稱是Bill Gates的文章,更加有太陽報加持,令事件更為「真實」。 其實,太陽報已經發現相關的文章不是Bill Gates所寫,並且把文章從網站刪除。請各位不要再傳那個中文翻譯版本了。 還是那一句,任何沒有來源的資訊,請小心處理。 Credits: Kauyim Media, local fact checkers 求驗傳媒 謠言全文 (Scoll down English Version) 比爾蓋茨: 新冠病毒是一次「偉大的糾錯」 今天英國《太陽報》 刊登了比爾蓋茨的公開信,這封信得到極大關注,得到很多人轉發,人們稱贊比爾蓋茨是真正的智者,並有人第一時間就把他的公開信翻譯成中文。下面是比爾蓋茨的信。 我堅信發生的每一件事後面都有一個精神層面的目的,無論我們認為是好還是壞。 當我沈思時,我想與大家分享我的心得,新冠病毒究竟對我們做了些什麼。 1) 病毒提醒我們,人都是平等的,無論我們的文化、宗教、職業、經濟狀況,或是一個人有多麼出名。在病毒眼中我們都是平等的,也許我們也應該平等對待他人。如果你不相信我的話,那就去問湯姆·漢克斯。 2) 病毒提醒我們,我們的命運都是聯在一起的,影響一個人的事情同時也會影響另一個人。病毒也提醒我們,我們建立的虛假國境線毫無價值,因為病毒並不需要護照。病毒還提醒我們,雖然我們暫時受到壓迫,世界上還有人一生都受到壓迫。 3) 病毒提醒我們,健康多麼珍貴。而我們卻忽視健康,吃垃圾食品,喝被各種化學品污染的水,如果我們不照顧自己,我們當然就會生病。 4) 病毒提醒我們,生命苦短,什麼是我們應該做的最重要的事情,特別是那些已經生病的老年人。人生在世的目的不是買一卷卷的廁紙。 5) 病毒提醒我們,我們的社會已經變得物質至上,當我們遇到困難時,我們才想起我們的基本需求是食物、飲水和藥品,而不是並沒有什麼價值的奢侈品。 6) 病毒提醒我們,家庭是何等重要,但我們卻忽視了這一點。病毒強迫我們回到我們的房子里,所以我們可以把房子建成家庭,並建立牢固的家庭紐帶。 7) 病毒提醒我們,我們真正的工作並不是我們打的那份工,我們固然需要打工,然而上帝創造我們的目的並不是讓我們打工。我們真正的工作是互相照顧、互相保護、互助互利。 😎 病毒提醒我們,我們不能妄自尊大。病毒還提醒我們,無論你覺得自己多偉大,也無論別人覺得你多麼偉大,一個小小的病毒就能讓整個世界停擺。 9) 病毒提醒我們,自由掌握在我們自己手中。我們可以選擇合作互助、分享、付出、互相支持,或者我們也可以選擇自私、囤積和自顧自。只有在困難的時候才能看出一個人的真面目。 10) 病毒提醒我們,我們既可以耐心,也可以恐慌。我們既可以理解這種情況在歷史上已經發生過多次,但最後都過去了,我們也可以恐慌,以為世界末日到了,結果傷害了我們自己。 11) 病毒提醒我們,疫情既是結束也是開始。我們現在可以反省和理解,從錯誤里吸取教訓。疫情也可以是一個輪回的開始,而且還會繼續下去,直至我們吸取教訓為止。 12) 病毒提醒我們,我們的地球病了。病毒還提醒我們,我們必須看到森林消失的速度,也必須看到一卷卷廁紙從貨架上消失的速度。我們都病了,因為我們的家庭病了。 13) 病毒提醒我們,困難總會過去,然後就容易了。生活是週期性的,現在只是週期里的一個階段。我們不必恐慌,疫情一定會過去。 14) 許多人認為新冠病毒的疫情是一場災難,但我覺得這是一次「偉大的糾錯」。 Bill […]

After a year of conflicting signals, investors should welcome the growth and moderation of 2020

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In many ways, 2019 has been a year of dislocation and disruption. The big wedge between stock market returns and economic growth illustrates one such contradiction: over the year, economic data and asset markets moved in opposing directions as earnings growth flatlined and world gross domestic product sank to below trend, yet all major […]

When will the Western-led global order catch up with the world and include Asia?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The world turned a corner in 2019. The problem is that the world order didn’t turn with it. This disconnect could have disastrous consequences.The biggest global change has been the start of the “Asian century”. Today, Asia is home to three of the world’s top four economic powers (in purchasing power parity terms): China, […]

China cannot just rely on its economic might to silence the growing army of critics

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J This will be remembered by many as the year that China did near-irreparable damage to its international reputation and image.Chinese leaders and policymakers have generally understood that China’s gradual rise to international prominence would bring with it challenges, especially regarding the perceptions of others. To allay the fears of outsiders about its rise, China […]

Who could get Carrie Lam to really investigate police protest conduct? The pan-democrats and Hongkongers themselves

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Hongkongers have raised five demands in their protest movement, including for an independent inquiry into police conduct. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has been reluctant to set up an independent commission of inquiry, arguing that the Independent Police Complaints Council can do the job.To enhance the IPCC’s integrity, the government hired five international […]

Christmas clashes are a sad reminder of need for effective solutions

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The Christmas holidays were neither merry nor peaceful for Hongkongers. As we envied how the festive season was celebrated with love and joy across the globe, we stunned the world with images of arson, vandalism, tear gas and pepper spray that have become all too familiar over the past six months. As usual, the […]

Three nations on the right path with talks

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Relations between China, Japan and South Korea are moving in a positive direction. Leaders of the three northeast Asian countries held their annual summit in Chengdu on Tuesday and a day earlier, President Xi Jinping met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing. Nothing substantive eventuated, but given historical and territorial issues that continue […]

Why Hong Kong should not dismiss Macau’s ambition for a yuan-denominated stock exchange

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J While President Xi Jinping did not make any formal announcement about creating a renminbi-denominated securities market in Macau during his visit to the former Portuguese enclave, to mark the 20th anniversary of its return to China, it cannot be ruled out.Reports have persisted that Macau is seriously exploring the possibility of setting up an […]

A gift from God, a deadly game of Russian roulette, and bush fires near Sydney: headlines making the news 40 years ago

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A priest being hailed a “jackpot hero” in a Spanish town, train services in London being delayed by a roasted bird and a dart-throwing football fan going to jail made the headlines 40 years ago this week. And December 25 that year was a non-publishing day.December 23, 1979● A priest was the hero of […]

Investors might be dancing into the new year but the party fuelled by an asset bubble cannot last

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Not long before he died two weeks ago, the great central banker Paul Volcker wrote in the Financial Times, “Nihilistic forces … seek to discredit the pillars of our democracy: voting rights and fair elections, the rule of law, the free press, the separation of powers, the belief in science, and the concept of […]

Over six months of protests, Hong Kong’s leaders may have been ‘too simple, too naive’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The troubles in Hong Kong are rooted in the failure to successfully prosecute the South Korean farmers who brought the city to a standstill when it hosted the World Trade Organisation ministerial conferences in 2005. Of the more than 1,000 activists arrested, only 14 were ever charged and none were convicted. The soft-handed approach […]

Over six months of protests, Hong Kong’s leaders may have been ‘too simple, too naive’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The troubles in Hong Kong are rooted in the failure to successfully prosecute the South Korean farmers who brought the city to a standstill when it hosted the World Trade Organisation ministerial conferences in 2005. Of the more than 1,000 activists arrested, only 14 were ever charged and none were convicted. The soft-handed approach […]

Over six months of protests, Hong Kong’s leaders may have been ‘too simple, too naive’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The troubles in Hong Kong are rooted in the failure to successfully prosecute the South Korean farmers who brought the city to a standstill when it hosted the World Trade Organisation ministerial conferences in 2005. Of the more than 1,000 activists arrested, only 14 were ever charged and none were convicted. The soft-handed approach […]

For the cause of the next financial crisis, look to central bank’s overextended balance sheets

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Predicting the next crisis – financial or economic – is a fool’s game. Yes, every crisis has its hero who correctly warned of what was about to come. And, by definition, the hero was ignored (hence the crisis). But the record of modern forecasting contains a note of caution: those who correctly predict a […]

How a Hong Kong divided by protests can do better by its children in 2020

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The festive season notwithstanding, bullying is rife in Hong Kong. The suppressed sobs of children who have endured physical, psychological or emotional abuse remain as chilling as ever. Hong Kong defines bullying as malicious and repetitive acts which harm others in situations where there is an imbalance of power. Such circumstances are all too […]

The problem with world trade is not tariffs, but too much globalisation. Can Elizabeth Warren fix it?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J US President Donald Trump’s on-and-off trade war against China added ominous clouds of uncertainty to the world economy in 2019, raising the prospect of a significant global economic downturn. His erratic and bombastic style made a bad situation worse, but the US-China trade war is a symptom of a problem that runs much deeper […]

The problem with world trade is not tariffs, but too much globalisation. Can Elizabeth Warren fix it?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J US President Donald Trump’s on-and-off trade war against China added ominous clouds of uncertainty to the world economy in 2019, raising the prospect of a significant global economic downturn. His erratic and bombastic style made a bad situation worse, but the US-China trade war is a symptom of a problem that runs much deeper […]

The problem with world trade is not tariffs, but too much globalisation. Can Elizabeth Warren fix it?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J US President Donald Trump’s on-and-off trade war against China added ominous clouds of uncertainty to the world economy in 2019, raising the prospect of a significant global economic downturn. His erratic and bombastic style made a bad situation worse, but the US-China trade war is a symptom of a problem that runs much deeper […]

What kind of Europe does China want to deal with: friend, business partner or strategic rival?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China is slowly losing Europe. This is happening even though transatlantic relations are at a low point and right when the European Union is finally aiming to become a global geopolitical player. Ursula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission, has made it clear over the past months that she wants […]

Three reasons Asian real estate should continue to attract investors, despite the global slowdown

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In the first three quarters of this year, global retail real estate transactions fell by more than a third on an annualised basis, according to property consultancy Real Capital Analytics, as investors continued to be put off by the disruption from the rise of online shopping, especially in the US and Britain where fears […]

Should Facebook and Google be broken up to save democracy, as US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren suggested?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In October, a confrontation erupted between one of the leading Democratic candidates for the US presidency, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Warren had called for a break-up of Facebook, and Zuckerberg said in an internal speech that this represented an “existential” threat to his company.Facebook was then criticised for running an […]

Should Facebook and Google be broken up to save democracy, as US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren suggested?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In October, a confrontation erupted between one of the leading Democratic candidates for the US presidency, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Warren had called for a break-up of Facebook, and Zuckerberg said in an internal speech that this represented an “existential” threat to his company.Facebook was then criticised for running an […]

Should Facebook and Google be broken up to save democracy, as US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren suggested?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In October, a confrontation erupted between one of the leading Democratic candidates for the US presidency, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Warren had called for a break-up of Facebook, and Zuckerberg said in an internal speech that this represented an “existential” threat to his company.Facebook was then criticised for running an […]

In getting to a partial trade deal with China, the Trump administration finally got three things right

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J Although the formal text of the US-China phase one trade agreement has yet to be released or signed, observers haven’t wasted a minute sharing their views. By far, the most controversial part has been the tariffs.Some believe the agreement was not worth the harm and uncertainty caused by the tariffs – many of which […]

While trade and Brexit risks persist, there will be plenty to keep stock markets happy in 2020

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J If 2020 is supposed to be the year of improving confidence, political redemption and economic recovery, could it all begin to unravel again quite soon? Events over recent weeks underline the danger of deepening political gloom in the United States, the lasting hangover from the US-China trade war and the high risk of a […]

Let’s press the pause button to reflect on season of goodwill

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The Christmas message of peace and goodwill to all is one that should be warmly embraced in Hong Kong this year after more than six months of civil unrest and violence. The city has endured an annus horribilis, as peaceful anti-government protests turned violent. Clashes between radical protesters and police, with petrol bombs hurled […]

It’s lawlessness, not rule of law, HK needs to worry about

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When you are in a famine, you don’t need to worry about a healthy diet. In Hong Kong, after more than six months of non-stop violent protests, it’s lawlessness people should fret about. However, media pundits, senior lawyers of the Bar Association, pan-democratic politicians and rights NGOs are still finger-wagging about threats to the […]

China beware, the road to an open economy is paved with Asian casualties

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J In recent years, the Chinese government has announced a series of measures to open up the financial sector, both to attract foreign investments and to develop its financial system.In November this year, the State Council of China released its “Opinions on Further Improving Work for the Utilisation of Foreign Capital”. The document includes 20 […]

Hong Kong protesters’ fatalism is taking a toll on our mental health, and the government isn’t helping. It’s up to the rest of us to bring some holiday cheer

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Except it isn’t in Hong Kong. For one thing, the unemployment rate is up 6.2 per cent in the food and drink service sector, the biggest increase in more than eight years.And this is happening amid news of imminent lay-offs by the city’s dominant free-to-air broadcaster […]

Hong Kong protesters’ fatalism is taking a toll on our mental health, and the government isn’t helping. It’s up to the rest of us to bring some holiday cheer

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Except it isn’t in Hong Kong. For one thing, the unemployment rate is up 6.2 per cent in the food and drink service sector, the biggest increase in more than eight years.And this is happening amid news of imminent lay-offs by the city’s dominant free-to-air broadcaster […]

Hong Kong protesters’ fatalism is taking a toll on our mental health, and the government isn’t helping. It’s up to the rest of us to bring some holiday cheer

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Except it isn’t in Hong Kong. For one thing, the unemployment rate is up 6.2 per cent in the food and drink service sector, the biggest increase in more than eight years.And this is happening amid news of imminent lay-offs by the city’s dominant free-to-air broadcaster […]

To win over Hong Kong and Taiwan, Xi’s China must break a 2,000-year tradition

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J China’s “one country, two systems” formula in Hong Kong is failing miserably. After more than six months of large-scale pro-democracy protests – including violent clashes with police – the city’s voters dealt a powerful blow in November to pro-mainland parties, which lost 87 per cent of seats to pro-democracy rivals in district council elections. The […]

China will be a key plank in Trump’s re-election platform. Will the Democrats try to beat him at his own game?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J US President Donald Trump has a politically powerful pitch on China that makes sense to many American voters. This narrative guarantees mounting conflict with Beijing, triggering every negative reflex there.For the 2020 general election in the United States, the Democratic Party and individual candidates must decide whether to try to outdo Trump or develop […]

China will be a key plank in Trump’s re-election platform. Will the Democrats try to beat him at his own game?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J US President Donald Trump has a politically powerful pitch on China that makes sense to many American voters. This narrative guarantees mounting conflict with Beijing, triggering every negative reflex there.For the 2020 general election in the United States, the Democratic Party and individual candidates must decide whether to try to outdo Trump or develop […]

China will be a key plank in Trump’s re-election platform. Will the Democrats try to beat him at his own game?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J US President Donald Trump has a politically powerful pitch on China that makes sense to many American voters. This narrative guarantees mounting conflict with Beijing, triggering every negative reflex there.For the 2020 general election in the United States, the Democratic Party and individual candidates must decide whether to try to outdo Trump or develop […]

Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit Global Britain sounds good – and that’s about it

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J British Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not coin the phrase “Global Britain”, which he made liberal use of during the Brexit campaign to symbolise a promised land where the nation might transit from being one among many European Union members to being a world leader again. The term has a more respectable provenance than […]

Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit Global Britain sounds good – and that’s about it

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J British Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not coin the phrase “Global Britain”, which he made liberal use of during the Brexit campaign to symbolise a promised land where the nation might transit from being one among many European Union members to being a world leader again. The term has a more respectable provenance than […]

Grounding of 737 MAX a lesson for Boeing

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The grounding of Boeing’s new 737 MAX aircraft last March was far from straightforward, despite two fatal crashes within five months. In the end, United States President Donald Trump had to order the Federal Aviation Administration to act under pressure from passengers, pilots and lawmakers. That did nothing for the FAA’s reputation for setting […]

Like it or not, Hong Kong has no choice but to hold by-elections

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The removal of two democratically elected Hong Kong lawmakers following a court ruling against the government’s disqualifications of their allies in Legislative Council by-elections has raised questions over the city’s electoral arrangements. The two ousted pan-democrats, Au Nok-hin and Gary Fan Kwok-wai, lament that the redress mechanism is designed in such a way that […]

Like it or not, Hong Kong has no choice but to hold by-elections

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The removal of two democratically elected Hong Kong lawmakers following a court ruling against the government’s disqualifications of their allies in Legislative Council by-elections has raised questions over the city’s electoral arrangements. The two ousted pan-democrats, Au Nok-hin and Gary Fan Kwok-wai, lament that the redress mechanism is designed in such a way that […]

Like it or not, Hong Kong has no choice but to hold by-elections

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The removal of two democratically elected Hong Kong lawmakers following a court ruling against the government’s disqualifications of their allies in Legislative Council by-elections has raised questions over the city’s electoral arrangements. The two ousted pan-democrats, Au Nok-hin and Gary Fan Kwok-wai, lament that the redress mechanism is designed in such a way that […]

Hong Kong protest movement is more populist than pro-democracy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The protest movement in Hong Kong is almost universally described as “pro-democracy” in mainstream Western media. However, it’s more accurate to describe it as populist.There are several reasons for this. First, foreign governments and news media groups tend to focus on what the movement is against – the “puppet” government in Hong Kong and […]

Hong Kong protest movement is more populist than pro-democracy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The protest movement in Hong Kong is almost universally described as “pro-democracy” in mainstream Western media. However, it’s more accurate to describe it as populist.There are several reasons for this. First, foreign governments and news media groups tend to focus on what the movement is against – the “puppet” government in Hong Kong and […]

Hong Kong protest movement is more populist than pro-democracy

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J The protest movement in Hong Kong is almost universally described as “pro-democracy” in mainstream Western media. However, it’s more accurate to describe it as populist.There are several reasons for this. First, foreign governments and news media groups tend to focus on what the movement is against – the “puppet” government in Hong Kong and […]

The furthest distance between ‘one country’ and ‘two systems’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J What can a slip of the tongue mean? A reasonable guess is it comes from something weighing deep in someone’s mind.That might have been the case with President Xi Jinping while he was delivering his speech in Macau last week after officiating at the inauguration ceremony of its next administration.At one point, he said […]

The furthest distance between ‘one country’ and ‘two systems’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J What can a slip of the tongue mean? A reasonable guess is it comes from something weighing deep in someone’s mind.That might have been the case with President Xi Jinping while he was delivering his speech in Macau last week after officiating at the inauguration ceremony of its next administration.At one point, he said […]

The furthest distance between ‘one country’ and ‘two systems’

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J What can a slip of the tongue mean? A reasonable guess is it comes from something weighing deep in someone’s mind.That might have been the case with President Xi Jinping while he was delivering his speech in Macau last week after officiating at the inauguration ceremony of its next administration.At one point, he said […]

As Mahathir gets set to host his second Apec summit, will it be a defining moment for his legacy at home and abroad?

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J When Mahathir Mohamad hosts 20 other Apec leaders in Kuala Lumpur in November next year, he will make unusual history – he will be the first leader to personally host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit twice, first in 1998, and again in 2020.Such is the extraordinary longevity of Mahathir as a political force, not […]