Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble could begin in November

first_imgHong Kong Financial Secretary At the same time, we’re working very hard with the mainland authorities to try to revive the traveling between Hong Kong and mainland because, business wise, this is very important to speed up the recovery of our econom.Paul Chan- Advertisement – SINGAPORE — The travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore could take effect within this month —and discussions are ongoing with other countries including Thailand and Japan, according to Hong Kong’s financial secretary Paul Chan.“We’re working hard with the Singaporean government,” said Chan. “The target is to launch this as soon as possible within November, and the earlier, the better.”The two cities in mid-October announced plans to allow leisure travel to resume without the need for quarantines. Instead, tourists would take a coronavirus test before departure. Hong Kong may also require a second test after arrival.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Tourism and aviation have been hit hard by the pandemic this year. Singapore and Hong Kong also do not have domestic air travel markets to cushion the blow. A passenger wearing a facemask exiting the arrival hall at the Hong Kong International Airport terminal.Miguel Candela | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images Singapore has unilaterally opened its borders to tourists from countries where the coronavirus situation is under control such as New Zealand and Brunei.Chan said Hong Kong is in talks with 10 other countries about allowing similar travel bubbles.“For example, Thailand, Japan — these are the countries that we have more advanced discussions with,” he said, adding that the authorities are working “very hard” to expand the network of air travel bubbles with different jurisdictions.“At the same time, we’re working very hard with the mainland authorities to try to revive the traveling between Hong Kong and mainland because, business wise, this is very important to speed up the recovery of our economy,” Chan said.The city fell into recession last year after months of anti-government protests, and the Covid-19 outbreak dealt the economy another blow.Still, when asked if Hong Kong might lose some of its shine to Shenzhen, the secretary said the financial hub has a “very unique competitive edge.” Shenzhen celebrated 40 years as a special economic zone last month, and was given flexibility to pursue reforms in some areas, according to Reuters.Chan said there’s a “complementary cooperation” between Hong Kong and other Chinese cities.“There are areas that we are highly competitive and leading the way, but there are also other areas we can work with the neighboring cities to achieve the maximum synergistic effect, for example, innovation and technology,” he said.“The way we see it is, in this process, we need to work together to leverage the best outcome for everyone concerned,” he continued. “But on the other hand, in … sectors that we are doing well, we need to keep enhancing ourselves, making ourselves even more competitive and ahead of our competition.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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voting Democrat gives Black Americans ‘minimal return’

first_imgBlack Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson doesn’t have much faith in a potential Joe Biden presidency. In fact, he doesn’t see the Democratic Party as a good choice for African Americans altogether, he told CNBC.“I think Black Americans are getting a little bit tired of delivering huge votes for the Democrats, and seeing minimal return in terms of economic wealth and closing the wealth gap, the job creation and job opportunities,” Johnson, the millionaire entertainment magnate and philanthropist, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble via video call. – Advertisement – Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), speaks next to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a press event ahead of vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 on the East Front House Steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2020.Yuri Gripas | Reuters “Black people do not embrace Biden as he never articulated a policy that went directly to the concerns of Black Americans,” the businessman said. “I don’t think Biden has that leadership quotient that’s going to allow him to do what is critical to bring the economy back, due to the trade-off between restoring the economy and fighting the pandemic.”‘The devil I know’Speaking to CNBC during a separate interview in September, Johnson described his view of Trump as through a business lens, though did not specifically endorse him. “Where I come out as a businessman, I will take the devil I know over the devil I don’t know any time of the week,” he said.Just hours after Johnson’s remarks on Wednesday, Biden was declared as having won the state of Michigan, thanks largely to Democratic votes cast in Detroit, a majority-Black city that saw higher turnout this year than in 2016. Biden had campaigned heavily in Michigan along with his running mate Kamala Harris, who if elected would be the country’s first Black and first female vice president.  Another focal point of this election has been the coronavirus pandemic, with Trump voters largely backing a full reopening of the economy while Biden has suggested he would put the country into another lockdown if scientists recommended it. More than 12 million people remain unemployed, a significant proportion of which are Black. Trump has touted low Black unemployment during his term, overseeing the lowest U.S Black unemployment level in history before the pandemic, as well as his administration’s criminal justice reform policies.“If you can’t bring the economy back for everybody, you darn sure can’t bring it back for Black Americans,” he said, “Because we’re at the bottom of the rung in terms of economic opportunity, and economic access to wealth, capital and income.”  – Advertisement – Robert JohnsonAnjali Sundaram | CNBC – Advertisement – “And Joe Biden was not an inspiring candidate for many Black Americans. And some of them stay at home. Some of them voted for Trump.”The strong statements come amid a drawn-out 2020 election vote count that’s revealed President Donald Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden neck-in-neck in several battleground states. Among the many issues defining the cultural and political fault lines in America leading up to the election has been the topic of racial equality, with movements like Black Lives Matter backed by several Democratic candidates. But Johnson, who became America’s first Black billionaire in 2000, doubts that Biden and the Democratic Party will deliver when it comes to African Americans’ needs, particularly when it comes to the economy.- Advertisement – Racial wealth inequality has long crippled America’s productive potential, economists say. A Brookings Institute study found that in 2016, the average net worth of a White household was nearly 10 times greater than that of the average Black household.   “So how do you make Black Americans whole from an economic justice standpoint, or an equity standpoint,” Johnson continued, “if you don’t get the economy driving the jobs and the opportunities that have to filter down to Black Americans, since they’re already, as I said, at the bottom?”The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment, but the campaign website outlines a detailed “Biden Plan for Black America.” It lists priorities including pledges to “advance the economic mobility of African Americans and close the racial wealth and income gaps,” “expand access to high-quality education and tackle racial inequity in our education system,” and “Make far-reaching investments in ending health disparities by race,” among other things. last_img read more

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Due to Advent, the closure of the Zagreb rotor is being postponed

first_imgThe works on the Zagreb rotor are being postponed for the first time, which would otherwise be bad news, but this time, the people of Zagreb welcome this move, especially the tourist workers.Namely, the rotor was scheduled to close on December 15 in the midst of Advent in Zagreb, to which the citizens of Zagreb and tourist workers appealed and initiated an initiative to postpone the closure of Rotor after Advent due to the huge crowds in the city that are otherwise large, let alone when the rotor will close.In response to the reaction of many citizens of Zagreb who believe that the Remetinec rotor should not be closed during Advent when there will be huge crowds in the city, Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić told Media Servis that the works will start after the New Year. “They knock on the open door, I think we’ll do it after the New Year”, Said Bandic for Media servis.Although, as Večernji list claims, the reason for postponing the closure of the rotor for traffic for the third time is not the will of the citizens, as Mayor Milan Bandić claims, but a shift in which works are being performed, ie poor planning. However, it is certain that the postponement of the works, ie the closure of the rotor, is a good move because it will avoid huge crowds in the already busy congested city.This year’s Zagreb Advent, which in recent years has been declared the best such event in Europe, will begin on December 1 and last until January 6, 2019, with special emphasis on cultural events that will put the people of Zagreb and their guests in a festive mood and anticipation. ChristmasAdvent in Zagreb is the most important event in our capital, and last year there was an increase of 17% in arrivals and 18% in overnight stays. Namely, according to the data of the Tourist Board, in December 2017, 111.429 arrivals and 201.734 overnight stays were recorded, while in December 2016, 94.573 arrivals and 169.095 overnight stays were recorded.Attachment: CLOSURE OF ZAGREB ROTOR FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ONE RENTERlast_img read more

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Moderate results let Insignia beat US rivals

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HHI secures $388 million green loan

first_imgHyundai Heavy will allegedly use the funding to develop technologies for LNG carriers. Categories: Green loans are used for financing projects that support the shift to a low-carbon future. This particular green loan is linked to environmentally friendly shipbuilding. Qatar Petroleum inks $19.2 bln LNG shipbuilding deal Posted: 3 months ago The South Korean shipbuilding industry has seen a surge in LNG carrier orders over the last few months. Earlier this week, HHI and compatriot shipbuilders Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have inked a major deal amounting to ₩23.6 trillion to reserve their LNG shipbuilding capacity in order to meet future orders from Qatar. Posted: 3 months ago Specifically, KDB has provided a sum of ₩350 billion, while HSBC, ICBC and the KDB affiliate have awarded ₩ 130 billion to HHI, Yonhap News Agency reported. On 29 May 2020, HHI signed an agreement in Seoul with South Korea state bank KDB; its affiliate KDB Capital; Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s (ICBC) Seoul branch and HSBC Korea. Business developments & projects South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has obtained a green syndicated loan worth ₩480 billion ($388 million) from the Korea Development Bank (KDB) and other banks.last_img read more

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Man Utd present fresh bid for Fernandes

first_imgManchester United have dominated the transfer talk this month with their pursuit of Bruno Fernandes, who is desperate to finally seal a move to Old Trafford. Loading… United are understood to have agreed a ‘bonus’ structure with Sporting Lisbon worth around £8.4m – but the deal is still a way off completion. Elsewhere, Liverpool have reportedly snubbed the chance to bring Philippe Coutinho back to Anfield just two years since he departed for Barcelona , while they were also keen on Real Madrid star Isco.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?These Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What’s Up With All The Female Remakes?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time And Arsenal are set to make their first signing of the month after Edu was spotted with Brazilian Pablo Mari at an airport – plus exclusive news on Layvin Kurzawa. Read Also:Pablo Mari arrives in London ahead of Arsenal transfer Starsport will be keeping you up to date with all the latest transfer developments throughout the day. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Statistically, Liverpool better than Man Utd 1999 Treble winners

first_imgLiverpool continued their impressive Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win at West Ham last night and are now statistically better than Manchester United’s 1999 treble winners. Jurgen Klopp’s side have been in phenomenal form as they sit 19 points ahead of Manchester City in second. It has been nearly 30 years since Liverpool last won a league title and Klopp’s side are edging closer to ending that drought. With 23 victories under their belt Liverpool have won more games – with 14 Prem matches still to go – than two previous Prem title winners managed in a whole season – Man Utd in 1996-97 and their 1998-99 Treble-winning campaign. Last night’s win saw Liverpool reach 70 points after 24 league games, while all other teams in top-flight history have needed at least 27 matches to hit 70 – if they managed to at all. The attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have been far too strong for Premier League sides this season, scoring 31 goals between them. They last beat every league side they faced in a season 124 years ago (1895-96) in the second tier. Alisson, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been in outstanding form to provide the tightest defence in the league, conceding only 15 times in their 24 matches so far. Loading… Promoted Content6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Largest Cities In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Best Cars Of All Time10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People Live8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? With a formidable defence and a potent attacking force, they’ve now gone 41 league matches without losing and are now just nine games from beating the Arsenal Invincibles’ unbeaten top-flight run of 49 matches. Jurgen Klopp’s men have won their last 15 league matches – only the fourth occasion a team has won 15-plus English top-flight games in a row. Liverpool could secure the title at the Etihad against closest challengers Manchester City at the beginning of April. It could be a memorable season for the Reds as they look to defend their Champions League title as well as clinch the Premier League. Atletico Madrid present a tough task in the round of 16 in Europe. Diego Simeone’s side are ten points off the top of the La Liga table and could put all their efforts into another crack at the Champions League. Read Also:EPL: Beware of ‘dangerous’ Wolves, Fabinho warns Liverpool mates After beating the Hammers, the Reds have now beaten all 19 Premier League teams this season, and have only dropped points on one occasion. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Batesville Council Approves Appropriation Reduction

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — At Monday night’s meeting the City Council approved an appropriation reduction.Council Clerk-Treasurer Paul Gates, says that the appropriation reduction is required by the state, for the state to approve the city’s 2017 budget.According to Gates, this does not mean that no more or less money will be spent.In other new business, Mike Baumer requested for money from the Belterra Fund to install a new flag pole at Liberty Field.Baumer requested $800 to replace the pole.Baumer said that the parks department is doing fundraising to try to replace the pole, and is planning on raising the money before the next meeting, so as to not use the Belterra Funds.No vote was made on the funds request.The Board of Works also approved 3 different street closures for upcoming events.The YMCA requested a closure for their annual Turkey Trot on November 24.The city will also close a few streets for the Tree lighting on December 1.The third request was from the Gibson Theater for December 3.In other new business, the Board of Works also approved a contract to replace a slip liner for the waste water treatment plant.last_img read more

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Sex-tape blackmail: Prosecutors demand trial for Real Madrid striker

first_img Loading… The Versailles Prosecutor’s Office have requested that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema stands trial for his part in an attempted sex-tape blackmail.Advertisement Benzema’s lawyer Sylvain Cormier confirmed the news in an interview with EFE, as reported by Marca, and relates to his alleged involvement in blackmailing his former France international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.It has been alleged that the Madrid star acted as an intermediary between a group of blackmailers and Valbuena, who appeared in a recorded video of a sexual nature.Benzema is said to have encouraged Valbuena to pay the demands of the blackmailers, which was refused, and the Madrid striker was subsequently banished from the France international setup by boss Didier Deschamps.Benzema’s lawyer Cormier has said: “This is no surprise, the Attorney General has been very involved in this matter so we expected him to ask to go to trial, although the accusations are not based on reality.”Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cissé has also been involved in the investigation with Karim Zenati, a childhood friend of Benzema’s and three other people.Read Also: Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claimsCissé reportedly failed in his attempts to convince Valbuena so the gang then moved to Benzema, using Zenati as the mutual link.In December, the Supreme Court in France rejected an appeal from Benzema that evidence against him had been gathered illegally.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually HappenedYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMost Famous Female Race Car Drivers Of All Time10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?last_img read more

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