AT the Asean Summit in Bangkok recently, one of the issues that was discussed was a joint bid to jointly host the FIFA World Cup in 2034. This news will be welcomed by Asean citizens, where football has a passionate following. No doubt hosting the World Cup will have positive impacts socio-culturally and economically yet there are negative effects that must be considered. One argument is the creation of new infrastructure and improvement of facilities. For example, Russia had created more than 800ha of parks and green zones, and it upgraded power stations and built new hotels to cope with the demand during the World Cup last year. These are beneficial to Russian citizens as the infrastructures are in use after the World Cup. Similarly in Asean, upgraded infrastructure could provide much needed electricity and water to poorer areas. During the 2018 World Cup, visiting fans (an estimated 570,000 international fans) spent about US$5,000-8,000 each which contributed an additional US$2.5-4 … [Read more...] about Should Asean nations co-host the 2034 World Cup?
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Beijing rulers scorn law, rights, lives Gloom hangs over Hong Kong. Citizens fear the death of political and economic freedoms guaranteed in the 1997 handover from Britain. Tolerance by China’s communist rulers is ending. The island’s Beijing-picked legislature has enacted the extradition of certain lawbreakers for trial in the mainland. The Beijing-inspired law looks harmless. Yet Hong Kongers suspect it aims to quell dissent, a cherished if oft trampled right. In recent years activists have vanished then resurfaced China-side in manacles to face frivolous charges. A book publisher on communist hierarchs’ scandals was abducted in Thailand then jailed in China for a ten-year-old road infraction. As days of protests reached a million strong, the law was paused. But Hong Kong’s chief executive likened the marchers to a child whose tantrums must not prevail. Beijing belittled them as but a minority of the seven-million population, and … [Read more...] about Beijing rulers scorn law, rights, lives
BEIJING: Two-time winners Jeonbuk Motors downed runaway Chinese league-leaders Beijing Guoan 1-0 to ease into the AFC Champions League knockouts on Tuesday (May 7), joining Ulsan Hyundai in the last 16.Kim Shin-wook's early header was enough to settle an entertaining clash at Beijing's Workers Stadium as Group G pacesetters Jeonbuk went through with a game to spare.Elsewhere, fellow K-League side Ulsan beat Sydney FC 1-0 - courtesy of Mix Diskerud's audacious backheeled goal - to qualify from Group H.And a double from Brazil star Hulk earned Shanghai SIPG a 2-2 draw with defending champions Kawasaki Frontale that set up a three-way fight for the second qualifying spot in the final round of Group H games.Red-hot Beijing have won a record eight out of eight in the Chinese Super League, raising the hopes of a noisy and expectant home crowd.But Kim's 17th-minute put the visitors ahead and, aided by the trickery of a rampant Ricardo Lopes, it proved enough for the 2006 and 2016 … [Read more...] about Football: Jeonbuk, Ulsan motor into Champions League knockouts