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3Novices:Why are Chinese moving to Malaysia by the thousands?

Paul Ying Qian, 32, first tried durian when he was 10 years old in his home town of Hunan ( 湖南 ), China. A family friend had sent his mother the pungent fruit, which the whole family enjoyed. Paul tried durian again when he was studying in Australia, but it was expensive and didn’t match the taste in his memory.
Now he lives in durian-obsessed Malaysia, but it isn’t the fruit that brought him here. It was the temperate weather, cleaner air and mix of Asian values and…
March 25, 2017 at 11:02AM http://ift.tt/2ngtB9D
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3Novices:Teenage Singaporean blogger Amos Yee granted asylum in U.S.

Singaporean teenage blogger Amos Yee has been granted asylum in the United States, his lawyer said Saturday.
The 18-year-old has been held in a detention facility in Chicago since December 16, after border control officers stopped him from entering the country upon finding out about his plans to seek asylum.
“On March 24, 2017, the Honorable Immigration Judge Samuel B. Cole granted Amos Yee’s asylum application,” Sandra Grossman, Yee’s pro-bono lawyer in the US, said in…
March 25, 2017 at 06:00AM http://ift.tt/2n16GNK
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3Novices:Why climate change is very real, despite what Donald Trump says, and how natural gas can help Hong Kong

While all eyes are on the United States to see if it will pull out of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, a Hong Kong-born scientist, who has spent over 40 years studying the issue in America, challenges those who do not believe in global warming to convince him with solid scientific proof.
“I think not only US President Donald Trump, but also lots of people still question if climate change is real. Mainly because they do not fully understand science,” Gabriel Lau Ngar-…
March 25, 2017 at 10:32AM http://ift.tt/2mB3mxP
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3Novices:European Commission president warns of war in Balkans if Trump encourages other countries to copy Brexit

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has asked Donald Trump’s administration not to encourage other EU-member countries to leave the bloc or “a new war” may break out in the Balkans.
In an interview published Friday in the Financial Times, Juncker said he communicated his concerns during Vice-President Mike Pence’s visit to Brussels last month, during which he also expressed surprise over Trump’s support of Brexit.
The US president has said that…
March 25, 2017 at 10:00AM http://ift.tt/2mATYdq
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3Novices:Oh for the quiet life: how Hong Kong battles with noise

Taking a relaxing day off at home can be a challenge in this noisy city of 7.2 million where a neighbour’s renovations, honking car horns or jarring jackhammers can make you wish you were back at the office.
With a land area of just 1,073 sq km and a dense built landscape dominated by residential and office towers, some noise pollution is inevitable. And official numbers speak volumes.
In 2016, there were 43,939 “Complaint Noise” cases reported through the 999 emergency…
March 25, 2017 at 09:45AM http://ift.tt/2ngsHKi
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3Novices:Hong Kong’s future: a bridge from China to Southeast Asia

Hong Kong has long been at the forefront of globalisation, exposed and vulnerable to its disruptive forces; a bellwether city struggling to stay ahead of an ever-changing curve.
Yet its importance is too often relegated to a mere footnote in the grand scheme of regional analysis. Take the Asia Development Bank (ADB) 2050 report, for example. This report envisages the emergence of seven economic stars to lead Asia’s rise: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Thailand….
March 25, 2017 at 09:31AM http://ift.tt/2nRyDwu
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3Novices:Beijing retiree’s hot idea

What to do in retirement? Li Chongxing, who used to be a senior public servant in Beijing, fell for chimneys. Instead of flying south to the tropical island of Hainan for sunny beaches and fresh air, as many elderly Beijing do, he fiddled around with communal natural gas heaters and the steam they emit. When he talks about his pet project, a boyish, guess-what look comes over his face. Who could have guessed that the escaped heat from just one small boiler could provide enough hot water to…
March 25, 2017 at 09:31AM http://ift.tt/2nRXosD
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