Hong Kong gov’t tells schools to teach ‘law-abidingness,’ promote sense of national identity
Hong Kong’s government has told schools to promote “law-abidingness” and instruct pupils about China’s constitution in order to promote “a sense of national identity.” The instructions were contained In memoranda issued by the Education Bureau on Wednesday and Thursday, ahead of China’s Constitution Day. Teachers were given a list of activities, such as explaining to pupils during morning assembly their responsibility to understand the constitution and other issues. “Hong Kong is an inseparable part of China: for us, as Chinese, learning and respecting the constitution is a given,” the memoran...
Hong Kong Free Press
Home for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy supporters has always been elusive
On December 2, prominent activists Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam, and Agnes Chow were sentenced to between seven and 13-and-a-half months in prison on protest-related charges. The next day, pro-democracy lawmaker Ted Hui announced that he has gone into exile in Europe. In his public statement, Hui insisted: “Going into exile is not emigration. I will never emigrate. Hong Kong is my home and I can never put down roots anywhere else. This is also a reason why I have not applied for asylum in any country.” While asylum and emigration implies the desire to create a new home, Hui’s insistence on going into...
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Japanese equipment transporter Denzai takes control of Singapore peer
SINGAPORE, NNA - Denzai Holdings Inc., a Japanese company specializing in the lifting and transport of heavy equipment, has acquired a 71 percent equity stake in Huationg Holdings Pte. Ltd. for an undisclosed sum to beef up its infrastructure development business in Asia. Denzai's local subsidiary, Denzai Singapore Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., purchased 51 percent of Huationg stock from its founder's asset management firm and 20 percent from JA Mitsui Leasing Singapore Pte. Ltd. The remaining 29 percent is held by Japanese trading giant Mitsui & Co.'s regional arm, Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific) Pte. ...
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Biden says he hopes Trump will attend inauguration for symbolism WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden said he hoped President Donald Trump would come to his inauguration in January because the peaceful transfer of power in the United States sends a message of strength and stability to the rest of the world. Biden added in an interview with CNN broadcast on Thursday night that it was unimportant to him personally whether Trump shows up or not, but that showcasing two formal rivals, standing together as one takes office is a key part of American democracy. “More than the impact on the domestic...
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Hong Kong Security Bureau ‘strongly condemns’ democrat Ted Hui after he fled to Europe amid 9 legal cases
Hong Kong’s Security Bureau has “strongly condemned” the decision by former opposition legislator Ted Hui to go into exile in Britain and fight for democracy from overseas rather than return to face nine criminal charges. Hui, speaking during a visit he made while on bail to the Danish capital Copenhagen, on Thursday evening announced his decision to live in exile and withdraw from the Democratic Party. “Everyone should be responsible for their own actions, including bearing legal liabilities,” the bureau told HKFP in a statement on Friday. “The SAR government strongly condemns any behaviour o...
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‘Not perfect’: i-Cable news management ‘deeply sorry’ about how staff firings were handled
Four executives at i-Cable News have said in a statement that they feel “deeply sorry” over the handling of the newsroom’s restructuring, promising there will be no more layoffs over the coming two years. The statement came two days after the firing of 40 newsroom staff on Tuesday, with the award-winning China news team, Hong Kong desk staff, and the heads of international, local and financial news resigning in protest. The four executives were slammed for failing to consult team heads before the lay-offs. Staff also questioned how the list of staff members to be fired was devised. During a co...
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FEATURE: Last Japanese standing: Cafe owner in Boracay carries on in pandemic
While the Philippines hopes for a recovery in tourism as it reopened the Boracay Island in October after months of lockdown due to the coronavirus, some business owners on the small island known for its white-sand beach have doubts if tourists will return quickly enough. Some doubt they would be able to make up for lost revenues given that the country is in the last quarter of the year, considered leisure-unfriendly "typhoon months." One of them is Jiro Asanuma, the only Japanese entrepreneur who remained on the central Philippines island through the lockdown. For the 48-year-old, the island's...
Chicago was a video game powerhouse in the '90s. 'Insert Coin' looks at the company behind 'Mortal Kombat'
Chicago doesn’t have a reputation as a video game hub. But in the 1990s, some of the most iconic arcade games — from Mortal Kombat to NBA Jam — were created by a local company called Midway Games. The documentary “Insert Coin” from filmmaker Joshua Tsui, looks back at the company’s heyday and is available to stream through Dec. 10 via Facets’ virtual cinema. Midway was among the first to use digitized actors — walking, running, punching, all of it — in its games, giving them a simulacrum of reality unique to the time. “Up until that point, in most games the artwork was hand-drawn,” said Tsui. ...
Biden's DHS pick reveals immigration vision during virtual summit
Alejandro Mayorkas — President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee tapped to lead the Department of Homeland Security — gave the public a first glimpse Thursday of how he’ll approach his new post overseeing the country’s “broken immigration system.” His public comments via Zoom during a virtual bipartisan immigration summit held by the American Business Immigration Coalition, a national business and immigration organization, are his first since being nominated last week. Mayorkas emphasized that immigration reform will require Republicans and Democrats to work together in 2021 — a stark contrast to the ...
Role of tech companies in combating medical misinformation
Leaders in the technology industry from across the globe shared insights on building effective collaborations between tech companies, health authorities, and fact-checking organisations at the Misinformation in Medicine Summit 2020. By Varadarajan Ananthakrishnan The third Medical Misinformation Summit that was held online on November 20 and 21, featured a panel discussion on how digital companies are getting more aggressive to combat misinformation during the current pandemic. The leaders in the technology space that were a part of the discussion included Google, TikTok, and Facebook, apart f...