October 22, 2019

The Editor speaks: OfReg goes to Hong Kong

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Why on earth it needed outside consultants to work on the assessment of our fuel market is quite beyond me. However, I obviously know nothing except the price we pay for fuel here is HIGH! In the press release we published yesterday (Tuesday) OfReg announced: “The winning bidder of the formal Request for Proposal to […]

Hong Kong protests: was police officer justified in opening fire on protester with live round?

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By Jeffie Lam, Sum Lok-kel, Kanis Leung From South China Morning Post Ex-member of police watchdog defends riot officer who discharged revolver at teenage demonstrator during National Day violence Civil rights campaigners suggest review of police procedures as they challenge officer’s decision to open fire Should the police officer who shot a young protester point […]

Meet the invisible Hong Kong taxi drivers risking danger to help anti-government protesters escape police – for free

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By Cannix Yau From South China Morning Post Some ‘protest drivers’ say they help because they can’t be at the front lines themselves – others because they feel sympathy for demonstrators after seeing too much violence on nightly news ‘I was stunned by their resolve,’ one driver says, ‘I swore to them I would do […]

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to withdraw extradition bill

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From BBC Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she will withdraw the highly controversial extradition bill which has triggered months of protests. The proposal, introduced in April, would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. The bill was suspended in June but Ms Lam stopped short of scrapping it. Full withdrawal […]

A big funding round for Boll & Branch, and more

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By Anthony Ha From TechCrunch 1. Bedding startup Boll & Branch raises $100M The company sells sustainably sourced sheets, pillows, mattresses and towels. Until now, it had only raised $12 million in outside capital. This new funding comes from L Catterton. CEO Scott Tannen compared Boll & Branch to the firm’s previous investments The Honest Company […]

Police officer fires gun, water cannon used for first time on protesters in Hong Kong

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From South China Morning Post At least one warning shot was fired after three officers were chased and beaten by club-wielding demonstrators in Tsuen Wan Crowd-control vehicles brought in after bricks and petrol bombs thrown A gunshot was fired on Sunday and water cannon were deployed for the first time in Hong Kong’s increasingly violent […]

Hong Kong protests cripple airport for second day

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From BBC Hong Kong International Airport saw chaotic scenes on a second consecutive day of massive anti-government protests that have paralysed one of Asia’s key transport hubs. Squads of riot police arrived shortly before midnight after thousands of demonstrators again flooded the terminal buildings during the day. Flight departures were brought to a standstill amid […]

Protesters, police fight pitched battles after historic ‘million-strong’ march against Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill turns violent

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By Su Xinqi  Alvin Lum  Phila Siu  Shirley Zhao  Linda Lew  From South China Morning Post Officers, protesters suffer injuries, some needing hospital treatment, as police use batons and pepper spray to beat back mob of masked demonstrators Hours earlier peaceful mass rally drew historic numbers onto the streets to oppose government’s controversial extradition bill As it happened: How […]

Cayman Islands Delegation in Hong Kong for talks

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From The Cayman Islands Governor’s Office A joint team from the Governor’s Office and the new Ministry of International Trade, Investment, Maritime and Aviation Affairs (MITIAMA) is in Hong Kong this week for talks with the authorities there.  The small team, led by Eric Bush, Chief Officer at MITIAMA and Matthew Forbes, Head Of the […]

ESR Cayman delays US$1.4b IPO in Hong Kong amid jitters over trade tensions: Sources

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From The Straits Times HONG KONG (REUTERS) – Logistics property developer ESR Cayman has delayed the launch of what would have been Hong Kong’s biggest initial public offering (IPO) so far this year, according to two people who cited the rise in market volatility amid fears over escalating trade tensions. ESR Cayman, backed by private […]