LONDON: Britain urged an independent investigation into the violence against protesters in Hong Kong opposed to a bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial, warning on Tuesday (Jun 25) that the fate of its former colony would be a litmus test for China.Millions of people have clogged the streets of the Asian financial centre this month to rally against the bill, which would allow people to be extradited to the mainland to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators who threw plastic bottles."I today urge the Hong Kong ... government to establish a robust, independent investigation into the violent scenes that we saw," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in parliament."The outcome of that investigation will inform our assessment of future export licence applications to the Hong Kong police and we will not issue any further export licences for crowd control equipment to Hong Kong … [Read more...] about Britain says Hong Kong is a litmus test for China
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Seized canned meat from HK tested positive for ASF Louise Maureen Simeon (The Philippine Star) - June 15, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The African swine fever (ASF) might slowly make its way to the country after confiscated meat products tested positive for the virus, prompting the government to further tighten its watch and avoid the spread of the disease to the billion-peso local hog industry. A report by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Animal Industry said the ASF viral gene has been detected in Sky Dragon pork luncheon meat that was brought by a returning resident from Hong Kong and was seized at the Clark International Airport. Dr. Rachel Azul of the BAI- Virology Section said the viral DNA was isolated in the pork luncheon meat and was tested using the ASF Taqman PCR Assay at the Animal Disease and Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory. Fortunately, no ASF infections have been reported in Philippine … [Read more...] about Seized canned meat from HK tested positive for ASF
Business Ford Motor Co's majority owned autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Argo AI, launched its new fleet of self-driving test vehicles - Ford Fusion Hybrid - in Detroit on Wednesday, expanding its presence to five U.S. cities. 12 Jun 2019 06:16PM Bookmark REUTERS: Ford Motor Co's majority owned autonomous vehicle subsidiary, Argo AI, launched its new fleet of self-driving test vehicles: Ford Fusion Hybrid: in Detroit on Wednesday, expanding its presence to five U.S. cities.The new cars are equipped with upgraded sensors, including radars and cameras with higher resolution and range, the company said.The No. 2 U.S. automaker is in talks with German car maker Volkswagen AG to develop self-driving vehicles as its autonomous vehicles unit competes for investment and engineering talent with peers as well as technology companies.General Motors' majority owned Cruise robotaxi business, Aurora, recently announced a partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, while Alphabet and Uber … [Read more...] about Ford launches testing of new self-driving fleet in Detroit
HONG KONG: Shady middle-men are openly advertising on Chinese social media to smuggle blood samples of pregnant women to Hong Kong to skirt the mainland's ban on gender testing, an AFP investigation has found.The business thrives on a well-organised underground network that serves the huge demand for illicit sex-selective abortion in mainland China - driven by limits on family size and an entrenched cultural preference for sons.Chinese authorities vowed to crack down on the trade in 2015.But dozens of blood smuggling agents are openly advertising services on the Twitter-like platform Weibo and on websites, despite China's proven ability to scrub digital content.Gender testing - except on medical grounds - is outlawed in China, where sex-selective abortions have helped create a surplus of about 31.6 million men, with some 115 boys born for every 100 girls last year.A long-standing one-child policy was eased to permit two children in 2016 but gender testing continues, with many parents … [Read more...] about Boy or girl? Hong Kong at centre of banned China gender test
So you are finally making the big move? Congratulations! But moving houses can be quite hectic so we are trying to save you some time by giving you some quick tips to help decide if you should hire professionals or do it yourself. Before you choose to hire a moving company or start renting a van to do it yourself, there are a number of factors to consider which is the best option for you. For example, your budget, your location and how much time you are willing to spend on this move. So keep that in mind as you read what each option involves as well as their pros and cons. DIY MOVING While it might be tempting to do the moving yourself to save costs, there are many factors to consider if this option is best for you before choosing this route. Considerations for a DIY move: 1. THE MOVING CREW How many people are in your household? How many friends are willing to help? How many belongings do you want to take with you? If you are planning on moving yourself, chances are you have … [Read more...] about Moving houses: Should you DIY or hire a moving company?