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The Philippines Just Crushed $1.2 Million in Smuggled Luxury Cars, Including a McLaren 620R, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Lotus and Porsche 911 G2S
The Philippines isn’t messing around when it comes to car smuggling. So much so that it’s willing to destroy some very special vehicles to prove a point.
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has threatened those who refused to take the coronavirus vaccine with jail
President says he is ‘exasperated’ by reports of vaccine hesitancy in the capital amid slow rollout.
Why You SHOULDN'T Speak ENGLISH "LIKE A NATIVE"
If you're learning English there is a lot of pressure to speak like a British person or an American but this 'speak English like a native' is bad advice. Please watch this video to understand why.
China's most famous liquor fetches nearly $1.4 million at auction
A rare case of China's fiery national liquor has sold for more than $1 million, more than five times what experts had estimated it would fetch.
Hypocrisy: UK Joins US, Canada In Fresh Sanctions On Belarus Over Journalist's Arrest, While Detaining Julian Assange for Reporting Real News
Britain on Monday said it had joined the United States, Canada and the European Union in imposing fresh sanctions on Belarus after the detention of an opposition journalist, while Britain doing just the same to Julian Assange...
Vaccinated overseas returnees to get shorter quarantine after positive antibody test
Fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents returning from overseas can see their compulsory hotel quarantine shortened to seven days starting June 30 if they test positive for antibodies.
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Hong Kong businesses say Covid-19 rules easing too conservative, too late
Hotel sector fears losses if vaccinated guests who have booked 14-day quarantine stays test positive for antibodies and can leave early.
UK govt gave contract to IT firm that is ‘openly plotting’ to turn vaccine passports into a national ID card, privacy group warns
The British government has been accused of aiming to covertly implement a national ID programme, after it partnered with a company that has advocated turning vaccine passports into a multi-purpose document.
Covid rules eased this Thursday, but 4-person gathering ban remains
Some social distancing measures including increasing capacity at restaurants and bars would be eased from June 24 for vaccinated residents, but the 4-person gathering ban will remain in place, the government announced today.
British PM Warns Of "Rough Winter" As Covid Cases Remain High
Boris Johnson's warning came as the UK registered a further 9,284 daily COVID-19 infections on Sunday, a day before the government had planned to ease all lockdown measures until the Delta variant forced a month-long delay into July.
Over 400 Hongkongers seeking asylum abroad since 2019 protests
Australia, Britain top choices for Hongkongers in exile and trying to keep activism alive.
15 Celebrities Who Got Married in Secret
These A-listers surprised fans by revealing their secret weddings sometimes months after they said "I do."
‘Fewer than 30,000 Hong Kong voters will take part in Election Committee race’
Following a drastic overhaul of the city’s elections, many committee members are either appointed or granted seats based on other offices they hold, and changes to how the remainder are chosen has further reduced the voting pool.
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Cathay Pacific to set up online shopping platform
Cathay Pacific planned to extend its businesses and set up an online shopping platform in order to boost the income of the airline, according to media reports.
Oxford University may enlist ‘SENSITIVITY READERS’ to censor student publications to protect readers from being offended
The Oxford University Student Union is reportedly looking to ideologically sanitize the school’s media outlets, including the century-old Cherwell newspaper, by employing “sensitivity readers” to censor problematic content.
AgBank falls in step with China's cryptocurrency crackdown
Agriculture Bank of China (AgBank), the country’s third largest lender by assets, said on Monday that it was following guidance from the central bank to clamp down on cryptocurrency trading and mining activities.
WHO epidemiologist warns future ‘constellation of mutations’ could challenge Covid vaccine effectiveness
Even with more people getting inoculated against Covid-19, a WHO epidemiologist has warned that new vaccines and continued “measures” will be needed to tackle any future “constellation of mutations”.
Hong Kong’s first HK$5,000 vouchers to be delivered from August 1
The online application period is set to run from July 4 to August 14, requiring participants to register using their Hong Kong identity cards or the government’s iAM Smart app.
11 small closet ideas – storage tips and stylish designs to make more of your space
Blessed with a tiny closet? Let our savvy small closet ideas save you from out of control shoe collections and tumbling piles of sweaters
Every third Canadian sees their country as racist, but views differ sharply by gender, age and political party – poll
Some 34% of Canadians believe they live in a "racist country," claims a new poll. However, those views are more pronounced in some demographics than others.
Steven Spielberg's production company signs a deal with Netflix
Steven Spielberg is partnering with Netflix. Getting Hollywood's premiere director represents a major coup for the streaming service.
Primary school kid feels "very happy" for getting BioNTech jab
A group of students from a primary school in Fanling arrived at a vaccination center and got their BioNTech vaccine shots today.
EU’s top privacy watchdogs urge blanket ban on use of recognition tech in public spaces
Two European privacy watchdogs have joined forces to call for a blanket ban on the use of biometric recognition in public spaces, outlawing such tech as AI-based facial, DNA, fingerprint and other recognition systems.
Banks told to clamp down on toxic culture
The world’s leading banking standards-setter has called for a purge on toxic corporate cultures as crisis-hit lenders count the cost for a string of scandals.
Germany Opens Antitrust Probe Against Apple
Andreas Mundt, president of the Federal Cartel Office said that a key focus of the investigation will be the operation of the App Store.
Taiwan to keep up some Hong Kong services despite work visa row
Mainland Affairs Council chief says trade, tourism or financial operations will continue.
As Money Launderers Buy Dalís, U.S. Looks at Lifting the Veil on Art Sales
The federal agents who raided a drug dealer’s house in a suburb of Philadelphia found marijuana and, to their surprise, $2.5 million in cash stashed in a secret compartment beneath a fish tank.
CY Leung reserves rights for legal actions against Next board members
Former chief executive Leung Chun-ying, who also holds shares of Next Digital, sent a letter to all board members of the media, saying that he reserves all rights to take any legal actions.
UN Says Over 8,500 Children Used As Soldiers In 2020
UN chief Antonio Guterres' annual report to the Security Council verified 2,674 children were killed and 5,748 injured in various conflicts in 2020.
Eight helpers among 14 arrested in romance scams
Police busted 30 romance scams and arrested 14 people, including members of a non-Chinese syndicate and eight domestic helpers who lent their bank accounts to the syndicate.
Facebook, Alphabet keep rising; Apple, Netflix fade
After a synchronized surge last year, so-called FAANG stocks peel away as investors look beyond pandemic
Taiwan denounces Hong Kong over 'one China' row
Taiwan criticized Hong Kong on Monday in an escalating row over China’s sovereignty claims over Taiwan, prompting it to pull out officials from its representative office in the Chinese-run city, Reuters reports.
A ransomware attack can begin in surprisingly simple ways
Hackers often look for cracks in an organization's human shield
For many young Hong Kong graduates, Canada's new routes to immigration have turned into a dead end
Open work permit holders who graduated in 2016 or earlier can't get required work experience for residency
HarmonyOS: Hands-on with Huawei's rival to Android
BBC Click's Chris Fox explores what Huawei's new operating system can do.
Sotheby’s will take cryptocurrency for 100-carat diamond
A rare pear-shaped diamond that is expected to fetch up to $15 million can be bought at auction next month using cryptocurrencies, Sotheby’s announced on Monday.
Female athletes urged to boycott Tokyo Olympics as New Zealand accused of ‘cheating’ after trans weightlifter selected for Games
New Zealand has been accused of undermining female athletics after tapping trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, with some even describing the decision as outright cheating.
Taiwan recalls trade officials from Hong Kong over ‘one-China’ clash
Hong Kong demanded Taiwanese staff sign commitment to Beijing’s one-China principle in visa renewals
Facebook promises to clarify what it considers satire after being reprimanded for flagging meme as hate speech
Facebook has pledged to provide a more detailed explanation of what constitutes satire on its platform, after the company’s oversight board ruled that a meme commenting on the Armenian genocide was wrongfully removed.
Hong Kong Gets Its First Cannabis Restaurant
The chef hopes to ease city-life stress and anxiety with fancier CBD-infused cocktails and food.
Billionaire Oleg Deripaska: Bank of Russia Should Adopt Bitcoin Payments
Billionaire Oleg Deripaska advices Russia to follow El Salvador’s example and accept BTC as a payment method.
HK loses HK$600 billion due to pandemic
Hong Kong already lost HK$600 billion under the pandemic, and its economy can hardly recover if vaccination progress remains sluggish and border restrictions cannot be lifted, Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce chief executive George ...
More Hong Kong restaurants try out tricky ‘vaccine bubble’ zone to boost business
At least 16 eateries have introduced ‘type D’ arrangements for vaccinated customers, allowing them to seat up to eight people per table with dine-in service until 2am, an increase from just three such restaurants a week ago.
How Hong Kong can keep its edge after G7 tax deal
The city’s government may need to address a lack of whistle-blower protection and modern day slavery legislation if it is to remain competitive, writes Neil Newman.
Hong Kong’s opposition Civic Party rocked by resignation of 11 councillors
Members, including Yau Tsim Mong District Council vice-chairman Andy Yu, reveal on their respective social media accounts they have quit the party.
You can officially die from a broken heart - and it affects thousands of Brits
Professors have revealed that the sudden heart failure condition is thought to affect around 2,500 Brits each year and is usually brought on by stress
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