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3Novices:Inside an entrepreneur’s Hong Kong penthouse, where art and maximalism unite

Some homes have a focal point, be it a feature wall, a staircase or a chandelier. But this Pok Fu Lam penthouse dispenses with any central element, engaging you instead from every angle with art.
Turn one way and a bronze nude crawls from a wall; swivel around and a lurid attack dog puts you on guard; look back at the entrance and an old payphone dares the visitor to make a call: place the receiver to your ear, however, and you might be shocked by the message you hear.

If the works on the…
October 23, 2018 at 03:17PM https://ift.tt/2R8X3Mp
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3Novices:China and North Korea aim to clear legal hurdles to revive border regions with joint economic plans

China and North Korea are officially examining each others’ legal systems regarding trade and foreign investments – a sign of further accelerating economic cooperation at the border regions.
Lawyers from the two countries have attended seminars designed to improve their understanding of economic, trade and investment laws.
Last week, senior representatives of Beijing law firm Deheng Group were in Pyongyang for a seminar with North Korea’s Foreign Economic Law Consultation…
October 23, 2018 at 02:56PM https://ift.tt/2AnR0yc
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3Novices:Singapore launches regional investment agency to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Singapore launched a government agency on Tuesday to support infrastructure projects across Asia, which need billions of dollars in funding, and make them more appealing to financial institutions and private investors.
The global financial hub’s decision to position itself as a broker for regional infrastructure investment comes as China ramps up efforts to fund and build transport and trade links in dozens of countries as part of its Belt and Road Initiative.
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3Novices:China quietly opens door to more foreign films

China is quietly allowing more foreign films to be imported even though talks between Beijing and Hollywood about an official deal to allow greater access to the world’s fastest growing film market have stalled.
Under a quota system designed to limit the number of foreign films screened in the country, only 34 foreign releases are allowed to be distributed on a revenue-sharing basis.
But in recent years that quota has been exceeded “albeit unofficially and for tactical reasons,…
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3Novices:Bungling robber flees empty-handed from Hong Kong 7-Eleven after staff ignore bomb threat and his demand they put HK$15,000 into WeChat Pay account

A bungling criminal fled a Hong Kong 7-Eleven empty-handed on Tuesday after trying to force staff to transfer HK$15,000 into a WeChat Pay account – HK$5,000 more than the maximum daily limit.

Police are hunting the would-be robber, who claimed he had a bomb but ran away after a female employee at the store in Cheung Sha Wan ignored him and raised the alarm instead.

The incident, which police believe could be the first time someone has attempted to demand money via electronic…
October 23, 2018 at 01:30PM https://ift.tt/2S8THKJ
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3Novices:Police seize cannabis plants and suspected crystal meth in separate raids on Hong Kong flats

Police seized a makeshift incubator used for growing marijuana plants in a raid on a public housing flat in Hong Kong on Monday. A 42-year-old man and his elderly mother were arrested.
Police said they confiscated from inside the flat a tent converted into an incubator, along with 10 cannabis plants, a UV light, a ventilation system and fertilisers. The haul had an estimated street value of HK$9,000 (US$1,147).
Hong Kong man, 19, found with HK$2.7 million of suspected heroin near Sha Tin bus…
October 23, 2018 at 12:54PM https://ift.tt/2Pe03do
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3Novices:Temasek-backed Vertex invests in Binance to develop fiat-to-cryptocurrency exchange in Singapore

Vertex Ventures, the venture capital arm of Temasek Holdings Pte, said it made an investment in digital asset trading platform operator Binance to develop a fiat-to-cryptocurrency exchange in Singapore.
The amount of the investment by Singapore’s state investment firm wasn’t disclosed. Binance, one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, primarily handles trades between digital tokens. The funding, which is a joint investment between Vertex Ventures China and Vertex…
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