Month: December 2019

How China’s opioid addicts get their drugs from an online black market

China has some of the world’s strictest opioid regulations, but OxyContin and other pain pills are sold illegally online by vendors who take advantage of the country’s major e-commerce and social media sites, including platforms run by Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba.These black markets supply, among others, opioid users in China who became addicted in the…

Dublin-based company sues Hong Kong Airlines over unpaid rent in excess of US$2.9 million

Hong Kong’s third largest airline has been hit with another lawsuit over unpaid rent in excess of US$2.9 million after its near collapse earlier this month.Hong Kong Airlines was on Monday sued by Awas Leasing One LLC for outstanding rent of US$2.925 million over two Airbus planes as of December 29.The Dublin-based plaintiff also accused…

Man suspected of murdering Hong Kong 7-Eleven store worker after theft of two cans of beer brought to scene for reconstruction of events

A 27-year-old unemployed man suspected of murdering a Hong Kong convenience store worker after the theft of two cans of beer worth HK$31 (US$4) was escorted by police to the scene of the alleged crime on Tuesday to reconstruct the events. The hooded and handcuffed suspect was brought to the 7-Eleven store on Kik Yeung…

Tourist arrivals take sharpest plunge in November since protests began in Hong Kong

Tourist arrivals in Hong Kong took the sharpest plunge amid anti-government protests in November at 56 per cent year on year, closest to the slump when the city was hit by an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) in 2003.Only 2.65 million people visited Hong Kong in the month, or 88,000 daily, according to…

Mystery ‘pneumonia’ hits China’s Wuhan city; 27 hospitalised with 7 in serious condition

Health authorities are looking into nearly 30 cases of “unknown pneumonia” in central China’s Wuhan city on Tuesday.State television reported that a team of experts from the National Health Commission had arrived in Wuhan to lead the investigation into the nature of the disease, while People’s Daily, quoting local hospital sources, said the exact cause…

From Donald Trump curbing his Twitter use to Xi Jinping retiring, here’s what won’t happen in 2020 – but probably should

Predictions for 2020? It’s a lot easier to predict what probably won’t happen in 2020 than what will. So why get taken for a wild ride on the sunny side of the street by “experts” only to get our hopes up, then dashed? There are many things we can easily agree will not happen next…

Who’s the hardest-working British royal? Queen Elizabeth’s daughter Anne outpaces family with 167 days

Being a member of the British royal family is not the easiest job on earth, if television and films provide accurate pictures. But how much do the royals work?According to official records, prominent members of the royal family worked an average of 84.5 days this year, or about a third of the 253 working days…

‘China has a grand, strategic plan. We don’t’: how Djibouti became a microcosm of Beijing’s growing foothold in Africa

Above ground in the tiny but strategically located country of Djibouti, signs of China’s presence are everywhere.Chinese entities have financed and built Africa’s biggest port, a railway to Ethiopia and the country’s first overseas naval base here. Under the sea, they are building a cable that will send data across a region, from Kenya to…

Billionaire Chinese parliamentarian Zheng Jianjiang’s wife wins lawsuit against vacancy tax on US$21m Vancouver home

A Canadian court has quashed a massive tax bill on a C$26.8 million (US$21 million) Vancouver home owned by the wife of billionaire Chinese parliamentarian Zheng Jianjiang, ordering the city to reconsider whether she deserved to be hit with the C$249,313.67 (US$191,000) charge for leaving the home empty.The lawsuit by He Yiju had been closely…

Wheelock Properties to loan three plots of land at HK$1 each to NGOs for 2,000 ‘transitional’ homes to ease housing crisis

Wheelock Properties has become the third Hong Kong developer to volunteer to lease some of its land to ease the city’s housing crisis.Wheelock said it will loan three plots of land, with a total area of 500,000 square feet for just HK$1 each to the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and Lok Sin Tong,…