HK, Macao legal workers to be arbitrators in Guangzhou

Legal professionals from Hong Kong and Macao will be allowed to work as arbitrators in Nansha district of Guangz

hou as part of an effort by Guangdong province to strengthen cooperation with the two special administrative regions.

Nansha lies within the Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has approved the introduction of the legal professionals, who

will work at the Court of Arbitration for Labor and Personnel Disputes to settle competing claims.

Sources at the court said the Hong Kong-and Macao-based arbitrators will be signific

ant in promoting the business environment of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

“It will help provide high-quality, efficient and fast legal services for busine

sses, especially those whose investors include companies from Hong Kong and Macao,” the court said on Tuesday.

According to the development plan outline for the Greater Bay Area, which was unveiled on Mond

ay, Nansha district will develop into a pilot zone for closer overall cooperation in exchanges of h

uman resources, goods, materials, funds and information between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao.

The court said the first group of labor arbitrators from Hong Kong and Macao will be appointed in late 2019.

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This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is gui

  multiple sexual, illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl,” he told reporters Friday. He said Foxx’s investigation was “very thorough … dedicated and methodical.”

  CNN has seen the VHS tape, which is 42 minutes and 45 seconds, clear and explicit

. It appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old.

  In a news conference Friday, his attorney told reporters he did not know what was

on the tape.Greenberg brought a point of contention to one of the cases in the indictment.

  ”One of the charges appears to involve the same alleged victim from the earlier case and double jeopardy should bar that case,” he said.

  Kelly has been associated with accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropr

iate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades. He has strongly denied the accusations.

  What is on the latest video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrest

ed in a child pornography case in 2002 when he was 35 and then acquitted six years later.

  He has been sued by multiple women accusing him of having sex with them when they w

ere underage. Most cases, with the exception of the trial where he was acquitted, have been settled out of court.

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When he addressed the UN General Assembly in 2018

Trump claimed his administration had achieved “more than almost any administration in the history of the country” — and was met with open laughter.


National security adviser John Bolton, a former ambassador to the UN under President George W. Bush, was openly hosti

le toward the UN during his 2005 to 2006 tenure. The Trump administration has cut US contributions to the UN,

pulled out of several of UN organizations and opposed core UN-backed initiatives in

recent years, including the Paris Agreement on climate and the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump had wanted a woman to lead the US delegation at the United Nations, so

urces have told CNN. His original pick, Nauert, bowed out after it came to light tha

t she had employed a nanny who was legally present in the US, but wasn’t legally permitted to work.

The post, which had been a Cabinet level position under Haley, is widely expected to be downgraded.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had told aides he wanted the post downgra

ded after Haley leaves, an official familiar with his remark has told CNN. And Bolt

on has also been said to want the role downgraded, according to people familiar with his thinking.

The shift means Craft would wield less clout than her predecessor, both at the UN and within the administration, and as a r

esult, would pose nowhere near the challenge to Bolton or Pompeo.
This story has been updated.

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He got immediate and huge applause, of the type Pence

  can only have wished for.Biden’s antidote to Trump’s two years was to promise change.

  ”And I promise you, I promise you. As my mother would say, ‘this too shall pass.’ We will be back. We will be back. Don’t have any doubt about that.”

  Right on cue more applause fell about him.

  No need to guess whom the Munich crowd would put in the White House given the chance.

  Two years of Trump has had an impact.

  In the hotel this weekend the view is that he is not a safe pair of hands for today’s security challenges.

  At a presentation titled “NATO at 70: An Alliance in Crisis,” two for

mer US representatives to the organization, Douglas Lute and Nicholas Burns, shared insi

ghts from its 55 pages. Those insights were garnered, they said, from 60 past and present ambassadors and cabinet sec

retaries. They concluded that Trump, and his inability to lead, is the biggest of the 10 imminent threats to NATO.

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If the aid gets in, Maduro is shown to have lost control of

  Many reputable international organizations, including both the Red Cross and Caritas, the humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church, have declined to participate in Guaido’

s aid campaign. The Red Cross tells CNN that the initiative organized by the Venezuelan opposition is too political.

  ”The action of the Red Cross is based on two principles: humanity and neut

rality. Neutrality is the most important one in situations like this,” explains F

rancesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He is ada

mant that Venezuela should receive humanitarian aid, but that the operation should be a concerted effort.

  Only through an agreement between the two sides could the aid be really effective, he says.

  The United Nations has also chosen not to take sides, calling instead on both parties to de-escalate tensions.

  The United States has pledged 20 million dollars to help Venezuela. That has so far transl

ated into three deliveries of air cargo to a border town in Colombia, where it is poised to enter the country.

  Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom have also chipped in, among others.

  Colombia has provided the logistical facilities for transporting the aid. Two more ship

ment points have been announced in Brazil and Curaçao, both also near the Venezuelan border.

  Venezuela’s closest neighbors, like Colombia, are the most interested in seeing aid bro

ught in, as they hope this measure could help reduce the wave of Venezuelan refugees pouring across their borders.

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This allowed Moros to be a survivor as the environment

  nged. For 15 million years, tyrannosaurs were restricted to this smaller size before evolvin

g into giants (about 12 feet tall and 11,000 to 15,500 pounds) over a 16 million-year period.

  ”Although the earliest Cretaceous tyrannosaurs were small, their predatory specializations mea

nt that they were primed to take advantage of new opportunities when warming tem

peratures, rising sea-level and shrinking ranges restructured ecosystems at the beginning of the Late Cr

etaceous,” Zanno said. “We now know it took them less than 15 million years to rise to power.”

  Moros is most closely related to tyrannosaurs from Asia, which helped the researchers trace the dinosaurs’ lineage. Thi

s means Moros crossed the Alaskan land bridge during the Early Cretaceous to reach North America.

  ”T. rex and its famous contemporaries such as Triceratops may be among our most beloved cultural ico

ns, but we owe their existence to their intrepid ancestors who migrated here from Asia at least 30 million years prior,” Za

nno said. “Moros signals the establishment of the iconic Late Cretaceous ecosystems of North America.”

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Even leaving the bloc under the agreement Prime Min

  ster Theresa May has negotiated with the European Union would mean continued uncertainty over future terms of trade.

  More uncertainty is the last thing needed by a car industry that has already been slammed by a

collapse in diesel sales in Europe and dramatically weaker demand in China.

  Japan’s Nissan (NSANF) earlier this month scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV at its fact

ory in the English city of Sunderland. It cited uncertainty over Brexit as one reason for the decision.

  Britain’s biggest car maker, Jaguar Land Rover, announced plans last month to reduce its gl

obal workforce by 4,500. That’s in addition to 1,500 people who left the company last year.

  The company, owned by India’s Tata Motors (TTM), has also warned that crashing out of the

European Union would wipe out more than £1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) of its annual profit.

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Saudi Arabia seeks Asia’s support for its economic makeover

  Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is in Asia forging new ties and seeking deals as he tries to keep his d

ream of economic transformation alive following a chill in relations with the West.

  Mohammed bin Salman wrapped up his visit to Pakistan on Monday with agreements worth $20 billion — incl

uding one to develop alternative energy — before heading to India and China, both big buyers of Saudi oil.

  But his trip is about much more than energy. The crown prince is spearheading

efforts to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from what he once called an “addiction” to oil.

  For that he needs foreign investment and expertise. Bin Salman will be looking to India and China for both.

  His plan, dubbed Vision 2030, aims to reduce unemployment, grow the private

sector and develop industrial, tourism and entertainment hubs over the next decade.

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hooks, lines or sinkers: Cambodians go traditional in fishing

Wielding handmade bamboo baskets and nylon nets, hundreds of people waded thigh-deep into a muddy lake in eastern Cambo

dia on February 9 for an annual fish-catching ceremony where only traditional tools are allowed to be used.

The ceremony is held each year in eastern Tboung Khmum Province after the crop

harvest to commemorate the country’s proud fishing history, said local chief Uch Yoeun.

The event – held in Choam Korvean commune, about 250 kilometers

from the capital Phnom Penh – attracts hundreds of farmers from surrounding villages.

They carry weaved baskets of different shapes, eager to try their hand at tr

apping the freshwater catfish and snakehead fish in the muddy Boeung Kroam lake.

“It has been a tradition since our ancestors’ time,” Uch Yoeun told AFP, adding that only one rule applies in this mass fishing event.

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Li-Ning’s success during New York Fashion Week inspired man

older Chinese brands, who began seeking ways to reignite their dying brands. For instance, in Se

ptember 2018, candy company White Rabbit and time-honored Shanghai cosmetic brand Maxam teamed up

to produce a lipstick that looked and tasted like traditional milk candy. According to Maxam’s official website, the

first batch of this lipstick, 960 in all, sold out in just two seconds on online retailer T-Mall.

Another example of an unusual alliance was that between bug repellent maker Liushen and Rio cocktail.

In the summer of 2018, these two companies co-produced a special cocktail drink, the gre

en color of which reminded consumers of Liushen’s mosquito repellent. While consumers were a bit hesi

tant to try it at first, this minty mixture of lemon, lime and grapefruit soon proved to be a great success.

Nong Fu Spring, a bottled water and beverage company, chose a different way to attract younger

customers. Instead of coming out with a new product, it invited an overseas design company to produce new packaging featuring the four seasons of th

e Changbai Mountains, where the company gets its spring water. Additionally, the company joined with

popular Chinese smartphone game Onmyoji and the Palace Museum to produce a limited series of water bottles.

These new marketing methods helped push sales of Nong Fu Spring bottled water to new heights.

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