HONG KONG - Hong Kong braced for more mass protests over the weekend, even as China warned it could use its power to quell demonstrations and US President Donald Trump urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet personally with the protesters to defuse weeks of tensions. Hundreds of China's People's Armed Police (PAP) on Thursday conducted exercises at a sports stadium in Shenzhen which borders Hong Kong after the US State Department said it was "deeply concerned" about the movements, which have prompted worries that the troops could be used to break up protests. Ten weeks of confrontations between police and protesters have plunged Hong Kong into its worst crisis since it reverted from British to Chinese rule in 1997 and presented the biggest popular challenge to Xi in his seven years in power. The Civil Human Rights Front, which organised million-strong marches in June, has scheduled another protest for Sunday. China's ambassador to London issued a stark warning, saying Beijing could … [Read more...] about China warns it could quell Hong Kong protesters
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Vietnamese airlines offer promotions at VITM National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and budget airline Jetstar Pacific will launch various promotional programmes at the Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) 2019, which will take place from March 27-30. Vietnam Airlines on March 25 said it will present 4,000 promotional codes for visitors who purchase online tickets at the event. The carrier is set to offer discounts of up to 50 percent for domestic and 30 percent for international flights to Australia, Asian and European nations. Other promotions will be introduced at the event such as weekend sales, among others. Meanwhile, Jetstar Pacific will launch 11,000 cheap tickets for domestic and international flights. The prices will start at 11,000 VND (about 0.5 USD), excluding taxes and fees. The two airlines will also work with travel agencies to introduce tour packages with special prices as well as their products and services for visitors of the VITM. During the event, Jetstar … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 27/3
With the NBA officially in its All-Star break — and the Philadelphia 76ers coming off the toughest part of their entire schedule — it seems like as good a time as any to check in on how the rest of the world views the new-look Sixers before shifting all our focus to the stretch run ahead of them. Currently, the Sixers are 37-21, tied with the Celtics for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, and sit just one game out of the third spot, which currently belongs to the Pacers (38-20). But after finishing that ridiculously tough 12-game stretch that included matchups with the top teams from both conferences at 7-5, they have to like where they find themselves at the break, especially given that they're still working a new starter into the lineup, as well as several new rotation players who will only help make Brett Brown's team more dangerous down the stretch. But first, Joel Embiid (Team Giannis) and Ben Simmons (Team LeBron) will represent the Sixers at … [Read more...] about What they’re saying: Is Sixers center Joel Embiid the next face of the NBA?
Vietnamese goods campaign promote local firms’ development A trade promotion fair to connect firms in Hà Nội and other localities. — Photo kinhtedothi.vn A campaign urging local people to buy “Made-in-Viet Nam” products has helped develop businesses across the country. The Vietnamese people using Vietnamese goods campaign has played a key role in helping local enterprises, a conference held in Hà Nội on Tuesday heard. “The campaign should not be a slogan but aim to conquer Vietnamese consumers,” said deputy minister of Industry and Trade Đỗ Thắng Hải. Trương Thị Ngọc Ánh, vice chairwoman of the Việt Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee, said all of localities nationwide had worked to implement the idea. More than 100 trade promotion conferences were held last year and more than 2,000 programmes were organised to bring Vietnamese goods to rural areas. “Local … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 17/1
LONDON - Paris and Berlin are in the running to join London and host a regular-season NBA fixture as the American basketball league looks to continue its expansion in Europe. For the ninth successive year a sell-out crowd at London's O2 Arena will watch a competitive NBA game on Thursday when the New York Knicks tackle the Washington Wizards. No matter that both teams are hardly setting the season alight across the Atlantic, NBA fans from 39 nations snapped up the tickets for the 19,000-capacity venue in an hour. Speaking on the eve of the game, the NBA's Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum said "it was a matter of time" before other European cities hosted a game and did not rule out London staging more than one regular-season fixture. "There has been a lot of interest in teams wanting to go to Paris because France is a hotbed for basketball," Tatum, sitting alongside new NBA Managing Director for EMEA Ralph Rivera, told reporters at the NBA's European office in London. "We have nine French … [Read more...] about Paris in running for regular-season NBA game