Qin Gang - A + A WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Aug 17): China called on the US to refrain from sailing naval vessels through the Taiwan Strait, saying Beijing would take further action in the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. China’s ambassador to Washington, Qin Gang, said on Tuesday that China viewed such Taiwan transits as an escalation by the US and an effort to support the “separatist” government in Taipei. He delivered the warning after Senator Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, wrapped up the second trip to the island in less than two weeks by a US congressional delegation. “The US side has done too much and going too far in this region,” Qin said in response to a question about potential naval patrols. “I do call on our American colleagues to refrain, to exercise restraint, not to do anything to escalate the tension. So if there’s any moves damaging China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, so China will respond. China will … [Read more...] about China warns US against sailing warships through Taiwan strait
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- A + A KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 17): HSBC Malaysia said on Wednesday (Aug 17) that the bank is currently receiving a spike in customer calls, driven partly by what it refers to as a "payment gateway incident". It said this in an emailed response to queries from The Edge about a recent spate of complaints from irate customers of the bank, who have been unable to reach the bank over some alleged fraudulent transactions. Many of them resorted to flooding HSBC's Facebook page with their grouses. Some claimed they received notifications via SMS from the bank that their credit cards have been temporarily blocked over what they said was a security breach at the bank. However, HSBC told The Edge that there has been no such issue, though it did not elaborate on what the "payment gateway incident" was about. Meanwhile, it said customers who need to report unauthorised transactions to the bank also have, in addition to its call centres, these options: To use their HSBC … [Read more...] about HSBC Malaysia says it is experiencing a spike in customer calls after ‘payment gateway incident’
(CNN) Proving "Moon Knight" wasn't a fluke as Marvel-sized disappointments go, "She-Hulk: Attorney at Law" is big, bright, colorful, and also too goofy for its own good. Trying to bend the mold is fine in theory, but the mix of sitcom-style tropes and gamma-irradiated powers yields a series that's too weak to smash much of anything. Ironically, the most buzzed-about element in advance of the premiere -- how the computer-generated title character looks -- is the least of the show's worries. For the most part those scenes are just fine, if perhaps a little reminiscent of "Avatar" in the way the Hulks tower over ordinary folk. Instead, the show bogs down in the it's-not-easy-being-green comedy and emphasis on quirkiness, feeling episodic in the extreme, after the obligatory origin story is out of the way. While there's nothing wrong with screwball office comedy, based on the four episodes previewed, that genre hardly plays to Marvel's strengths. For those … [Read more...] about ‘She-Hulk’ is big and colorful, but the Marvel comedy is too weak to be a smash
FILE PHOTO: Overseas Filipino workers arrive for Christmas at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on December 23, 2011. Philippine Daily Inquirer/Lyn Rillon MANILA, Philippines — Senator Raffy Tulfo said Wednesday that he will enforce a “strike one policy” against recruitment agencies to deter abuses among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Tulfo said during the Senate plenary session that he will review the records of recruitment agencies. “Strike one policy po ang gagawin ko. Kapag meron pong sumbong na sila po’y naging pabaya sa OFW that led to the maltreatment o physical abuse, sexual abuse sa isang OFW, papa-cancel-in ko po ‘yung kanilang lisensya,” he said. (I will implement a strike one policy. If there is a complaint that they neglected an OFW that led to the maltreatment, physical or sexual abuse, I will have their licenses canceled.) “Hindi na sila pwedeng mag-recruit. Hindi na sila pwedeng magpadala ng workers abroad,” the senator added. (They will be … [Read more...] about Tulfo eyes ‘strike one policy’ vs recruiters to stop abuse among OFWs
Bella Poarch says her debut EP reveals her “true self.” INSTAGRAM Filipino American Bella Poarch, TikTok’s third most-followed influencer with 90 million fans, rose to the top with her lip-synching videos, released her debut EP, Dolls. Poarch told Grammy.com that her six-song project reveals raw emotions and presents her “true self.” She also shared her goals of creating an outlet for young women like her and providing much-need representation for her fellow Filipino Americans. With songs like “Build a B—-” and “Living Hell” she reveals her ups and downs while growing up as well as her strength and creativity. Subscribe to our newsletters! Get updates right into your inbox Draymond Green’s Star-Studded Wedding: Steph Curry and LeBron James spotted PH-educated nurse wins appeal to work in Manitoba Thousands swarm to Filipino fest in Saskatoon, Canada … [Read more...] about TikTok star Bella Poarch drops debut EP, ‘Dolls’
You’ve undoubtedly seen advertisements for a pheromone perfume or a pheromone fragrance. Many claims that using their product would make the user more sexually desirable, boost their libido, or serve as a catalyst for other benefits that are almost too wonderful to be true. Despite this, the possibility of a spritz that turns you into a sexy person is tough to resist. There are a lot of fragrances and perfumes on the market that claims to include components that might make you more appealing to other people, but scientists are still debating whether or not humans can detect pheromones. You might be asking if the claims made about pheromones are simply a lot of hype or whether they really function. Let’s find out more about how this stuff works, but before we do that, we must have a firm grasp of what pheromones are. What are pheromones? Pheromones are the fragrances that animals emit to communicate with one another and other species. These odors denote territory, … [Read more...] about Pheromone Perfume: Does it Really Work?
INQUIRER.net Stock Photo NEW DELHI, India — The body of an Indian soldier who went missing 38 years ago on a glacier on the disputed border with Pakistan has been found. A unit of the Indian Army tweeted pictures of the coffin of Chander Shekhar wrapped in an Indian flag early Wednesday, two days after India celebrated the 75th anniversary of independence. The Army said Shekhar was deployed for Operation Meghdoot in 1984 when India and Pakistan fought a brief battle to assert control over the Siachen Glacier, reputed to be the world’s highest battlefield. At over 18,000 feet (5,486 meters) with temperatures that can plunge to minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 Fahrenheit), Siachen is one of the toughest military deployments in the world. Located in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, it has long been contested between the nuclear-armed neighbors. Local media reported that Shekhar was part of a 20-member group that got caught in an ice storm during a patrol. Fifteen … [Read more...] about Dead Indian soldier found after 38 years on ‘world’s highest battlefield’
AHEL is well-positioned to leverage its unmatched brand value and strong healthcare pedigree in contributing to the rapid demand growth PRO Only Highlights - Quarterly performance largely backed by improved realisations - Medium-term triggers China plus and protectionist measures for tyre industry - Valuations not inexpensive; but improved medium-term outlook As the largest and integrated private healthcare service provider, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd (AHEL; CMP: Rs 4,313; M Cap: Rs 62,111 crore) has been the leading player in the healthcare business in the private sector. In the short run, what catches our attention is that the pre-COVID healthcare business is back on track, driven by a rebound in patient visits and elective procedures. In the longer run, AHEL requires a close watch as it is progressing well on the entire... … [Read more...] about Apollo Hospitals: What lends a hand to core business margins?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin With fewer than 100 days until the midterms and President Biden's approval rating underwater, Democrats are desperate for a political win they can trumpet on the campaign trail. They're hoping the deceptively named Inflation Reduction Act is it. At the center of the bill is $64 billion in subsidies for health insurance purchased through Obamacare's exchanges. They're an extension of the subsidies created as part of the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act. They were supposed to expire at the end of this year—temporary measures to help households weather the economic impact of the pandemic. But if that happened, people would've received notices of massive premium hikes just before they headed to the polls. Hence, the Inflation Reduction Act's move to extend them for three more years, through 2025. It's a transparent ploy for votes. And it obscures just how much the Affordable Care Act has failed to live up to its name. … [Read more...] about Dems’ Reconciliation Package Obscures Obamacare’s Failures With Taxpayer Cash
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Does setting an ambitious goal encourage concerted efforts to reduce emissions, or is it more likely to make the public more cynical about the intractability of the problem? You might love or hate Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but I wish that subsequent presidents would forget about his “100 days” program which was intended to be an emergency action addressing the Great Depression. It has left at least some of his successors feeling they need to show similar verve in designing policies to address the most salient problems of the day. Most such have not been a success, with the Clinton effort to quickly fashion and enact a health care plan one of the most obvious failures. In keeping with tradition, the Biden Administration has come up with a goal of reducing American greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. Biden’s vision has met with the usual degree of praise, scorn and skepticism, validating the old maxim ‘where you … [Read more...] about Biden’s Climate Goals Are Unrealistic. Does That Help Or Hurt Emissions Reduction?