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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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3Novices:Four his-and-her fragrances for spring, including one from Philippe Starck

Industrial and product designer Philippe Starck’s debut collection of perfumes contains three fragrances – Peau de Soie, Peau de Pierre and Peau d’Ailleurs (HK$850/40ml) under the Starck Paris brand. Since Starck refuses to reveal the notes of the perfumes, it is best if you take a sniff yourself. Available at K11 Design Store, in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Atelier Cologne’s Clémentine California (HK$650/30ml) is inspired by the founders Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel…
March 25, 2017 at 09:15AM http://ift.tt/2ofkiX1
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3Novices:Is Xi’s new ‘core’ status a sign of strength, or weakness?

China’s Central Television’s 30-minute evening news broadcast starting from 7pm boasts the biggest daily audience of more than 300 million people. All local news stations across the country are mandated to relay the segment.
As such, it is the preferred platform for Chinese leaders to make policy announcements and to be seen meeting with visiting foreign dignitaries or conducting inspection trips, and for many mainlanders interested in politics and policies to figure out what their…
March 25, 2017 at 09:03AM http://ift.tt/2nONwiO
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3Novices:Hublot delights collectors with its colourful Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase collection

Hublot’s Big Bang collection is always fun to view and its newest offerings are no exception.
The latest collection, dubbed “Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase”, helped inject Baselworld with a bit of gaiety with four models in bright colours: blue, purple, orange and pink.
The vibrant-coloured quartz dials instantly catch your attention – they are too fun to look away. To attain that eye-catching colour, the quartzes were made using a colouring technique that involved…
March 25, 2017 at 09:03AM http://ift.tt/2ofmUUy
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3Novices:Leaving home? The world’s best cities for expats – our list of lists

Leaving home for a posting in a foreign land is certainly exhilarating, but rarely straightforward. It’s easier if you’re young, free and single but something of a challenge with a family in tow. Perhaps your partner has landed a plum position in the reassuring environment of a multi­national office, leaving you to sink or swim in the cultural deep end, haggling for groceries and negotiating rental leases with barely a word of the local lingo.
It’s tempting to envy…
March 25, 2017 at 08:46AM http://ift.tt/2n3xFJv
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3Novices:Trump greenlights Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, but obstacles could delay project

US President Donald Trump’s administration approved TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, cheering the oil industry and angering environmentalists even as further hurdles for the controversial project loom.
The approval reverses a decision by former President Barack Obama to reject the project, but the company still needs to win financing, acquire local permits, and fend off likely legal challenges for the pipeline to be built.
“TransCanada will finally be allowed…
March 25, 2017 at 08:40AM http://ift.tt/2o1yd3l
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3Novices:‘Getting punched in the face is a walk in the park’: Hong Kong’s Ramona Pascual on training for her MMA title fight

Ramona Pascual will make history next Saturday when she becomes the first Hong Kong woman to fight for an MMA title. But the 28-year-old is hoping that her career in the cage ends up leaving behind a far larger legacy.
“Globally the sport is taking off, but in Hong Kong not so much,” she says. “When I tell women what I do they are concerned more than they are excited.
“That’s kind of the culture here – girls shouldn’t be fighting, or doing contact…
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