Author: BakChiZai

Thin blue likes: Four Facebook lessons Hong Kong cops can learn from police around the world to make friends online

Police PR chief Steve Hui urges viewers to give the page a “like”. Photo: Bruce Yan From promoting cats, to chasing seals and poking fun at boy band One Direction, Hong Kong police could learn a few lessons from their international colleagues’ popular Facebook accounts. Hong Kong police launched their Facebook page yesterday with much…

‘Bad for the country’: Ex-premier slams Canada PM Stephen Harper’s policies as borderline racist

Critics of the Harper government say it’s engaging in a dangerous, xenophobic game by grandstanding on an issue that involves a tiny minority of devout Muslim women in the country. Photo: AP A former conservative premier of a Canadian province said that Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is “bad for the country” because some of…

Taiwan’s ruling KMT party ‘must weigh up’ ditching struggling presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu

Hung Hsiu-chu (above), the KMT’s presidential candidate, is already trailing rival Tsai Ing-wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party, in polls before the 2016 election. Photo: EPA Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) chairman Eric Chu said on Tuesday the party must look at the “likely success or failure of an individual” in the forthcoming presidential election after…

Key Hong Kong economic indicator drops further as new mainland China business falls to lowest level since 2008

New business from mainland China was hit by the devaluation of the yuan. Photo: Nora Tam The health of Hong Kong’s private sector shrank further last month as new business from mainland China declined at the sharpest rate since the global financial crisis in 2008. The Nikkei/Markit Hong Kong purchasing managers’ index (PMI), which tracks…

Fan Bingbing and Li Chen’s Passports Stolen in Japan?

High-profile couple Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) and Li Chen (李晨) recently made a trip to Japan. While they stayed at a hotel in Kyoto, however, their passports were secretly photographed and then circulated online alongside allegations that the two had lost their identification papers. The Japanese police is currently investigating the case. When Bingbing and Li…

Biggest in history: US says BP to pay record $20.8 bln settlement over Gulf of Mexico oil disaster

British energy giant BP will pay a record $20.8 billion to settle government claims for damages stemming from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday. An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 men off the coast of Louisiana and unleashed 134 million gallons of oil…

Facebook wants to make the Internet accessible from space for people in remote communities

Satellite services such as Zuckerberg’s could provide a much-needed stopgap solution for large parts of the continent where those slowly approaching fibre optic cables are a long way off. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg took to his own timeline on Monday to announce that the company would be providing web access… from space. A new satellite…

China left out of Trans-Pacific Partnership

China was noticeably absent at the TPP talks. Photo: Xinhua The hard-won Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is a boon for US efforts to exert influence in Asia amid increasing competition with China, which has been flexing its growing economic and military might in the region. China, the world’s second-biggest economy, is noticeably absent from the 12-nation…

Furious Air France staff storm company’s central committee meeting protesting major job cuts

Employees strike outside the Air France headquarters. Photos: Reuters, AFP Angry workers at Air France have attacked and ripped the shirts from the backs of two company executives after the airline announced 2,900 job losses on Monday morning. Several hundred employees were reported to have stormed the company’s central committee meeting at its headquarters near…

‘They will trample on me’: Hajj crush survivor recounts terrifying near-death moment

An injured pilgrim recovers in hospital after the deadly stampede in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca. Photo: AFP Injured survivors of a hajj stampede that killed 769 people have recounted their struggle to survive, trapped among a surging crowd where escape routes were blocked. From his bed at Mina Emergency Hospital, Sudanese pilgrim…