Kapok | Embrace a full ban!

When conflicts of interests are too blatant, public debate can only be farcical, and yet it is revealing of the challenges confronting the new government. The recent exchanges between some

Friday, May 15, 2015 – edition no. 2313

* From tycoons to state bosses: Who’s who in Chinese business In a state-dominated economy, President Xi Jinping has more influence over business than any entrepreneur or state company

Who’s Who – Running China’s Big Business

* Books: Solitude Creek by Jeffery Deaver * Music: Pitch Perfect 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack * Wine: The mediterranean heart * Food: The secret garden – Jack Black by Paulo Coutinho – Tea Leaks

Times Square by Rodrigo

Tea Leaks by Talkers

Mr Vong Hin Fai, Chui’s tireless lead campaigner, is about to leave his position as partner at Rato, Ling, Vong, Lei & Cortês Advogados, to lead a new “law firm”

Jack Black

Girl power! ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ hits those sweet notes

Who run the world? GIRLS!” sing those irrepressible Barden University Bellas, channeling Beyonce, in “Pitch Perfect 2.” And yes, they sure do run the world. The highly anticipated sequel to the 2012

‘Solitude Creek’ is outstanding thriller by Jeffery Deaver

What begins as a fun outing for a mother and her daughter turns terrifying in “Solitude Creek,” Jeffery Deaver’s latest thriller. They go to a small concert venue that brings in

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ soundtrack not so perfect

There is such a thing as being too clever. The Barden Bellas and the Treblemakers, who return in the film “Pitch Perfect 2,” have found a way to cram even more

The Mediterranean Heart

Prior to the Age of Discovery, the Mediterranean area had for centuries remained the centre of Europe and its history. Owing to their geopolitical locations, if Crete and Cyprus were

Food | The Secret Garden

Gentle breezes brush through the trees, making a soothing sound while touching the leaves. Breathing lightly, I feel unusually relaxed. My eyes are hypnotized, fixed on the bubbles of the

Exclusive | From tycoons to state bosses: key people in Chinese business

The most successful of China’s entrepreneurs have created some of the world’s biggest companies and amassed stunning fortunes. Often they are little known outside of China, but that is changing

SCREEN PEOPLE | Last Show – David Letterman on retirement: it’s time, but he’s torn

Perched on a stool in a fast-food restaurant beside the Ed Sullivan Theater, where he has hosted “Late Show” for two decades but will do so only a bit longer,

scITech| Agriculture – US develops first government label for GMO-free products

The U.S. Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory

Travelog | Essentials for visiting Paris – What’s new, classics and more

The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 8 kilometers from north to south, Paris is also perfect for

The Buzz | Dutch court clears man who helped his 99-year-old mother die

Dutch appeals court has cleared a man of any criminal responsibility for helping his 99-year- old mother take her own life — a case that aimed to create precedents for assisting

World briefs

CHINA  Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a top Chinese official in Beijing while touring a country that has become the tech giant’s biggest driver of sales growth, state media

Intimate expenses | Pentagon credit cards used at casinos, adult clubs

An audit found that military and civilian personnel used the cards, intended for authorized government travel, to charge USD952,258 at casinos and $96,576 at adult clubs in the year that

Funeral expo shows latest industry trends

First held in Macau in 2008, what is deemed “the largest annual event for the funeral and cemetery industry in the Asia-Pacific” was subsequently held in the neighboring SAR for

Wynn employees support Nepal quake relief efforts

According to a press release, the donation “is a combination of individual contributions from employees, matched by the company.” Wynn Macau stressed that the amount donated is “very significant” and was

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