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  • China's 'most beautiful teacher' exposed for collecting money with fake charity
    by Alice Yan on September 28, 2021 at 9:00 am

    An online celebrity famous for her work with children in rural schools in central China has been exposed for collecting donations from the public without a charity licence. Gina Long Jingjing, who has a master’s degree in social work from New York’s Columbia University, which she has used to build her profile, was previously hailed in China as the “most beautiful rural teacher” with an overseas degree. Earlier this month a man surnamed Xu tipped off the Changsha Civil Affairs Bureau that Long’s company had collected donations from the public even though it was not a licensed charity, Thepaper reported. Long’s previously pristine image has taken a hit since the story broke, with many people accusing her of using disadvantaged children to personally profit. […]

  • Pandemic pushes Chinese tech giants to roll out more courier robots
    on September 28, 2021 at 7:07 am

    BEIJING - More than a thousand robots are set to join the delivery personnel ranks of Chinese behemoths Alibaba, Meituan and JD.com over the next year as the pandemic fuels demand for contactless services. The firms expect to operate over 2,000 robots between them by 2022, up about four-fold from now, their executives said, encouraged also by falling costs of making robots. Millions of couriers still deliver packages for as less as 3 yuan (S$0.63) in China, but companies have been exploring the use of drones or box-like robots on wheels from as early as 2013 amid a labour crunch that has worsened due to the pandemic. Beijing has also ordered firms to ensure rest periods for couriers as they scramble to meet rising demand and deadlines. "The Covid-19 pandemic has been a big boost" for robot rollout plans, said Xia Huaxia, chief scientist at Meituan. The food-delivery giant launched its robot service in February 2020 when infections were high in Beijing, earlier than a planned end-year launch. […]

  • China lets US siblings return home after three years
    on September 28, 2021 at 4:55 am

    It coincides with the high-profile release of Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou and two Canadians. […]

  • Goldman Sachs cuts China growth forecast over power outages
    on September 28, 2021 at 3:27 am

    The country has seen electricity shortages that have left some factories and homes without power. […]

  • Man says Tesla is suing him for $210k for online posts after he won a separate suit against the car company
    by Phoebe Zhang on September 28, 2021 at 2:12 am

    A man in China says Tesla is suing him for defamation after the company paid him more than 1 million yuan (S$210,000) in a separate consumer fraud lawsuit. Han Chao posted documents of legal paperwork from Tesla informing him that the company was suing him for 5.05 million yuan (US$650,000) for defamation and demanded an apology. Pictures of the complaint posted by Han said the lawsuit stemmed from previous posts that described Tesla as a “rogue company”, “rubbish Tesla” and “such a quack”. The statement said: “Han has been spreading his words through a series of online and offline actions … leading the public to have a negative impression of Tesla, causing damage to the company’s reputation .” Tesla did not respond to multiple emails, messages and phone calls from the South China Morning Post requesting comment. Han publicly ridiculed the complaint. “Do you mean to say, even though you need to pay me more than 1 million yuan in compensation, even though I am the victim, I cannot say a bad word about you and need to pay 5 million as a price?” he wrote on Weibo. […]

  • Hong Kong man arrested on suspicion of killing elderly neighbour with cleaver in housing block corridor
    by Clifford Lo on September 28, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Police have arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of killing his elderly neighbour, who was found bleeding and unconscious in a Hong Kong public housing block and later died in hospital. Emergency personnel were called to the Heng On Estate in Ma On Shan on Monday after the 84-year-old man, surnamed Wong, was found by another neighbour lying in a 19th-floor public corridor soon after 1pm. A police source said Wong was returning to his flat on the same floor when he was attacked. “The investigation suggested the attacker ran out from one of the flats and then hacked the victim with a meat cleaver in the 19th-floor public corridor,” he said, adding that some neighbours reported hearing the victim yell “why did you hack me?” When one of the neighbours went out to check on the situation, they found Wong injured and unconscious on the floor. Wong was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital, where he was certified dead just before 2.30pm. According to police, bloodstains and a weapon were also found on nearby staircases. […]

  • Hong Kong police arrest man, 75, who escaped from hotel quarantine
    by Danny Mok on September 28, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Hong Kong police have arrested an elderly man who escaped from compulsory quarantine in a Tsim Sha Tsui hotel after recently arriving in the city from Europe. The 75-year-old man was detained in Sheung Wan on Monday (Sept 27) evening after spending about a day on the run, according to a police source. He had recently landed in Hong Kong after taking a flight from Italy and then checked into the Ramada Hong Kong Grand, a designated quarantine hotel on Austin Avenue. Lai Yan Nursing Home in Sheung Wan. PHOTO: Handout A government spokesman late on Monday said the Centre for Health Protection would test the man for Covid-19 as soon as possible. The authorities would also consider prosecuting him, he added. […]

  • Boy, 2, dies in hospital hours after falling from 10th-floor flat in Hong Kong
    by Clifford Lo on September 28, 2021 at 1:44 am

    A two-year-old boy died in hospital hours after falling from his 10th-floor subdivided flat in Hong Kong on Monday (Sept 27). A preliminary investigation suggested the child had been left unattended at home in the 19-storey Man Yuen Building in Yau Ma Tei at the time of his fall at 10.11am, a police source said. “The investigation showed his 36-year-old mother left home at about 9am when he was asleep, taking his elder sister to school and going to get free diapers,” the source said. “We believe the boy woke up and climbed onto the upper deck of a bunk bed, from where he climbed out of the ventilation window and fell out of the building.&rdquo […]

  • China power crunch spreads, shutting factories and dimming growth outlook
    on September 28, 2021 at 1:36 am

    BEIJING - Widening power shortages in China have halted production at numerous factories including many supplying Apple and Tesla, while some shops in the northeast operated by candlelight and malls shut early as the economic toll of the squeeze mounted. China is in the grip of a power crunch as a shortage of coal supplies, toughening emissions standards and strong demand from manufacturers and industry have pushed coal prices to record highs and triggered widespread curbs on usage. Read the explainer Rationing has been implemented during peak hours in many parts of northeastern China since last week, and residents of cities including Changchun said cuts were occurring sooner and lasting for longer, state media reported. On Monday (Sept 27), State Grid Corp pledged to ensure basic power supply and avoid electricity cuts. The power crunch has hurt production in industries across several regions of China and is dragging on the country's economic growth outlook, analysts said. […]

  • Power shortage hits northeast China
    on September 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    THE State Grid Corporation of China said yesterday it would take comprehensive measures to ensure people had enough power and would seek to avoid power cuts. The statement comes as a worsening power […]

  • UK warship’s Strait passage flayed
    on September 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    CHINA strongly condemned Britain yesterday for sailing a warship through the Taiwan Strait, saying it was a behavior that “harbored evil intentions” and that the Chinese military followed the vessel and […]

  • JNBY in trouble over unsuitable kids clothing
    by Wang Zhihan on September 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    JNBY, a Chinese clothing brand, was ordered to remove all inappropriate children’s clothing and unconditionally refund money to buyers, the Hangzhou government said on its official Weibo account on Sunday. JNBY […]

  • 10-year goals set for women and children
    on September 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    China’s State Council has unveiled outlines for the development of women and children for the next decade. The outlines, which set goals and tasks for women and children in the coming 10 years, w […]

  • Rising popularity of ‘cancerous snack’ prompts authorities to curtail marketing
    by Ke Jiayun on September 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    China has banned the promotion of betel nuts, the addictive seeds of areca palm trees, on television, radio and online programs because of their cancer-causing risks. […]

  • Power cuts hit homes in north-east China
    on September 27, 2021 at 10:27 am

    An electricity shortage affecting factories has now spread to some homes. […]

  • Hong Kong man gets 9 years' jail for 2019 stabbing of lawmaker Junius Ho
    by Jasmine Siu on September 27, 2021 at 9:51 am

    An unemployed Hong Kong man has been jailed for nine years for stabbing pro-establishment lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu in the chest at an election campaign event amid the social unrest of 2019. Madam Justice Esther Toh Lye-ping on Monday (Sept 27) said the vicious Nov 6 attack carried out by 31-year-old Tung Pak-fai at a campaign booth in Tuen Mun could not be excused or condoned as it involved premeditation, meticulous planning and a very sharp blade. “This was a senseless and most horrific attack on a citizen going about his legitimate business on the streets of Hong Kong,” the judge said. “This calls for a major deterrent sentence, because this is not something a civil society should endure.&rdquo […]

  • Hong Kong rape victim was misled about assailant's sex in chat room, court hears
    by Jasmine Siu on September 27, 2021 at 9:32 am

    An unemployed Hong Kong man raped a woman who agreed to an encounter believing she was meeting another lesbian, only to discover his true sex at the moment of intercourse, a High Court jury heard on Monday (Sept 27). In opening their case, prosecutors said 30-year-old Tsang Tsz Ho, who has denied the allegations, met his alleged victim through the social-networking app Butterfly, which markets itself as "Hong Kong's largest lesbian forum", in November 2019. They then chatted on another dating app for lesbian and queer women, known as HER, before exchanging numbers to continue their conversation on WhatsApp. Prosecutor Lisa D'Almada Remedios said that on Feb 24 last year Tsang mentioned seeing the woman - identified in court only as X - on a Telegram group devoted to discussions about S&M and asked to meet her in a hotel room to engage in related activities, to which X agreed. During further conversations, the defendant was explicitly told that X only had sexual encounters involving women, the prosecutor said. […]

  • China says will clamp down on abortions for 'non-medical purposes'
    on September 27, 2021 at 8:15 am

    BEIJING - China will reduce the number of abortions performed for "non-medical purposes", the country's cabinet said in new guidelines issued on Monday (Sept 27), that it said were aimed at improving women's reproductive health. China has already enacted strict measures aimed at preventing sex-selective abortions, and health authorities also warned in 2018 that the use of abortion to end unwanted pregnancies was harmful to women's bodies and risks causing infertility. The State Council said the new guidelines would aim to improve women's overall access to pre-pregnancy health care services. Think tanks and policy researchers have identified China's declining birth rate as a major social policy challenges in the coming decades. Although China remains the world's most populous nation, the latest census showed population growth from 2011 to 2020 was the slowest since the 1950s, and was expected to slow even more within a few years. After years of trying to limit population growth, Beijing is now promising new policies aimed at encouraging families to have more children. […]

  • China Evergrande: What the company's debt crisis means for the world
    on September 27, 2021 at 1:23 am

    The property giant has missed an interest payment deadline, fuelling concerns that it will collapse. […]

  • Xi applauds Chu’s election as KMT chief
    on September 27, 2021 at 12:11 am

    PRESIDENT Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, yesterday congratulated Eric Chu on being elected chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang party. Based on t […]

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