Month: December 2019

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,…