Apple pulls app that tracked Hong Kong police

Apple has removed an app that Hong Kong protesters have used to track police movement, following pressure from China.
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Apple approves Hong Kong protest location app

The firm had said the app, which shows protesters where the police are, “enabled illegal activity”.
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Hong Kong protesters raise £1.5m in a day to fund global ad campaign

A crowdfunding campaign launched by protesters in Hong Kong has raised more than £1.5m in less than 24 hours.
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Hong Kong actor Simon Yam stabbed on stage in China

The 64-year-old was attacked while speaking at a promotional event in the city of Zhongshan.
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Hong Kong Wellness Group H&H Acquires British Skin Care Brand Aurelia Probiotics

LONDON — U.K. brand Aurelia Probiotic Skincare has been acquired by Health & Happiness, the Hong Kong-based wellness group that owns French nutrition brand Biostime and Australian vitamins and supplements brand Swisse.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“I am hugely confident and passionate about Aurelia Probiotic Skincare sitting within the Health & Happiness Group. There is a true and perfect synergy between the expertise and beliefs they have in probiotics and our vision in skin care,” said Claire Vero, founder of Aurelia.
Vero will continue to stay on the board of the skin-care brand and will lead Aurelia’s R&D and product development teams. The company will continue to distribute from the U.K.
“The partnership will enable our brand to grow on a global scale in markets such as U.S., France and China. It will also allow us to continue to deliver new innovations,” said Vero.
There has been a lot of M&A activity of late in the skin-care, hair-care and wellness industries as larger groups look to increase their scale and geographic reach.
In April, Britain’s The Hut Group confirmed plans to buy Christophe Robin, an upscale hair-care brand. In January, L’Occitane International SA bought British premium skin-care and wellness brand Elemis for $ 900

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How apps power Hong Kong’s ‘leaderless’ protests

Huge group chats with real-time voting let demonstrators decide what steps to take next.
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Telegram cyber attack timed to coincide with Hong Kong protests

Messaging platform Telegram has said it was hit by a powerful cyberattack that coincided with protests in Hong Kong.
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Apple recalls plugs in UK, Hong Kong and Singapore

Risk of electric shock from broken plugs forced recall from Apple.
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Justin Bieber Is Bringing Drew House to Hong Kong

Justin Bieber is bringing his self-described laid-back style to Hong Kong.
The singer, who launched his own clothing label called Drew House in January, is opening the brand’s first pop-up shop in the city’s SoHo district from March 30 to 31 for Art Basel. The store will be designed as an interactive video rental store and will offer 18 unisex styles, including corduroy pieces, bucket hats and basketball shorts. As of Wednesday afternoon, it wasn’t confirmed if Bieber will make an appearance at the pop-up.

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Selling out of its first collection upon launch, Drew House has gained a famous client base, including Bieber’s wife, model Hailey Baldwin, Jaden Smith and Travis Scott, among others.
“As a small, new brand from Los Angeles we just wanted to be accessible to the other side of the world,” said Ryan Good, cofounder of Drew House, in a statement from the brand. “We wanted to serve a place that perhaps wouldn’t normally have first access to something like this. Hong Kong is one of the biggest and most forward-thinking markets for fashion in the world. Once we found this store location it was a done deal. It felt like a home away

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The Mills Remembers Hong Kong’s Textile Past and Promotes Its Future

HONG KONG — Like a lot of children who grow up in magnate families, Vanessa Cheung wasn’t so sure she wanted to work for the family business.
Cheung’s grandfather, Chen Din Hwa, founded Nan Fung Group as a textiles business in 1954. It was the days before Mainland China had opened up as an option for global manufacturing and Chen’s business grew quickly, earning him a place in the billionaires’ club and the nickname the “king of cotton yarn.” At its textiles operations height, Nan Fung employed more than 3,000 people to operate in their mills, producing up to 32.5 million pounds of yarn a year.
But the industry migrated across the border into China proper in the Eighties — lured by cheap labor and other costs at a fraction of the price — and Nan Fung shifted gears, focusing instead on developing a property empire across East Asia. The textiles operations faded away and by the time Cheung, who had embarked on a career as a landscape architect, was convinced to join Nan Fung, three of the former six mills the company owned had been turned into residential units, and the other three simply were used as warehouse space.
It was those three

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Hong Kong Director Ringo Lam Dies at 63

Hong Kong-born action director Ringo Lam, who directed the influential crime film “City on Fire,” has died. Hong Kong media outlets reported the director, who was born Lin Lingdong, was found unresponsive in bed on Saturday by his wife. The 1986 “City on Fire” is considered a landmark film about Hong Kong triads, and won […]

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Hong Kong Quandary: Can You Have Your Cheesecake and Eat It All, Too?

The opening of the first Cheesecake Factory in Hong Kong has diners cooking up strategies to handle heaping portions; ‘All I can taste in my mouth is cheese.’
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Eggs containing fipronil found in 15 EU countries and Hong Kong

Fifteen EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland are said to have received tainted eggs.
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Tesla’s Hong Kong Sales Gutted by Tax Change

Tesla’s sales in Hong Kong plummeted after authorities slashed a tax break for electric vehicles, demonstrating how sensitive the company’s performance can be to government incentive programs.
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Tesla’s Hong Kong Sales Gutted by Tax Change

Tesla’s sales in Hong Kong plummeted after authorities slashed a tax break for electric vehicles, demonstrating how sensitive the company’s performance can be to government incentive programs.
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Mr and Mrs Italy to Open Stores in Beijing, Miami and Hong Kong

The luxury utilitarian outerwear company Mr and Mrs Italy will be opening stores in Beijing and Miami, and has aims to double sales to $ 100 million in the next five years.
In New York from the company’s headquarters in Rimini, Italy, creative director Geraldina Bassani Antivari detailed some of the brand’s plans. Since joining the company four years ago, sales have increased from $ 1.5 million to $ 47 million. Now the goal is to hit $ 100 million by 2021, she said. She praised chief executive officer and owner Andrea Bucalossi for being “highly organized” and “having that Italian vibe of doing and moving and being quick and fast. Managing sku’s for him is a daily war.”
The eight to 10 producers in Italy that the company relies on know they need to continually research new techniques, cuts and furs. “We don’t want to work with companies that don’t respect the ethical laws,” Antivari said. “We work very closely with all of our wholesalers because we want to be one of those companies that gives service or something that was made for New York or for China.”
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A Parking Space in Hong Kong Sold for $664,300

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In Hong Kong, New Choices Abound for the Sartorially-Minded Man

HONG KONG – With its combined haberdashery, barbershop and cocktail bar, Attire House is Hong Kong’s newest dapper destination.
Situated on the 29th floor of an office building with sweeping views of the city, the space is decked out with the best of British bespoke from Anderson & Sheppard, Turnbull & Asser, Neapolitan masters Finamore and Salvatore Piccolo, and Japanese shoemaker Guild of Crafts – to name just a few. The adjoining barbershop Herr, a hip Seoul transplant, takes care of grooming needs, while upstairs is Bar De Luxe, Attire House’s collaboration with the Tokyo cocktail joint Bar High Five.
The concept was launched by Brandon Chau, an ex-barrister who hails from a high-society family in Hong Kong, and Roger Chan, who helped debut E. Marinella on the Hong Kong scene a few years ago. They’ve now folded the tie maker’s freestanding shop in the city into the Attire House assortment, where it is available exclusively. The emporium also has its own private-label line, which sells a two-piece suit for about 8,000 to 9,000 Hong Kong dollars, or $ 1,000 to $ 1,160 at current exchange.
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Whispers and Moans: Interviews with the Men and Women of Hong Kong’s Sex Industry

Whispers and Moans: Interviews with the Men and Women of Hong Kong’s Sex Industry


Hong Kong has a bewildering range of sex businesses offering services to suit all imaginable tastes: from the glitzy nightclubs of Tsim Sha Tsui East, through the saunas, karaoke lounges and one-woman brothels of Mong Kok, to the streets and short-time hotels of Sham Shui Po. Chinese-language sex magazines print reviews of individual prostitutes, and promote an ever-widening array of bizarre sexual practices. Even mainstream newspapers engage pimps as columnists. Business appears to be booming – but there are hungry newcomers to this underground economy. How do local prostitutes deal with the ruthless competition posed by an endless supply of girls from mainland China? To find out, Yeeshan Yang spent a year gaining the trust of the city’s sex workers, interviewing nearly 50 hookers, hostesses, toy boys, transsexual prostitutes, mama-sans and brothel owners. The result is an eye-opening book which shows the human side of sex for sale. Whispers and Moans contains tales of easy money, financial ruin and desperate love – and rare first-hand insights into Hong Kong’s huge but hidden sex industry.

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Aquazzura Looks to Open Hong Kong Store

Florence-based luxury footwear label Aquazzura is gunning to open its first free-standing store in Asia later this year in Hong Kong, said Edgardo Osorio, the brand’s cofounder and creative director.
“Hong Kong is a window to Asia and I really feel like it’s a great place to start [further Asian expansion for the brand],” he said at a cocktail at Lane Crawford’s IFC store to fete the launch of his brand’s special capsule collection by Poppy Delevingne.
Although he declined to give a sales figure, he said the footwear brand is doing “amazingly” in Asia.
“We keep expanding and the stores keep selling out so it’s only good news,” he said.
Osorio and Delevingne mingled with some of Hong Kong’s most fashionable shoppers at IFC before heading off to similar events at the retailer’s Shanghai and Chengdu locations.
Delevingne said she was thrilled to finally make it to Hong Kong where her best friend lives — but she expressed dismay at the fact she was only in town for 17 hours. Luckily, her friend made it up to her.
“She left a note in my hotel bedroom when I arrived, saying: ‘Eight years too late’ with a big unicorn balloon,” Delevingne said. “She knows I love unicorns.”

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INDIXIA Launches in New York, Hong Kong and London to Follow

ALL IN FOR INDIA: The first New York installment of INDIXIA has launched to help underprivileged children in India who are interested in getting a higher education in fashion, design or cinema.

Pooling international supporters who specialize in fine art, design, fashion. cinema and philanthropy, INDIXIA supports Arts For India, the charity was started by Satish Modi in the U.K. in 2010. The agency receives educational support by the University of the Arts London and the Prince’s Drawing School, London. Through Arts for India’s four-year scholarship program, a donor sponsors one needy student artist at the International Institute of Fine Arts. Each year 100 underprivileged students benefit from the program.

Aiming to help as many impoverished Indian students as possible, Modi said, “By giving them the opportunity to study, they, especially women, can escape arranged marriages. With education, they are then able to make informed choices in their lives and have a much better chance and brighter future.”

As part of the first edition of INDIXIA in New York, Nicole Miller and Columbia University Professor and Tibet House U.S. president Robert Thurman will be honored Wednesday at Bonhams. They will be joined by what is expected to be a strong showing by the

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The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Hotel Features: Billed as “the world’s tallest hotel” when it opened in 2011, the Ritz-Carlton occupies the top 17 floors of the 118-story International Commerce Centre. Set on the Kowloon Peninsula, this slender glass tower gazes down on the boats bobbing on Victoria Harbor. The lofty perch means that when you’re indulging in a one-of-a-kind treatment in the ultramodern spa, swimming laps in the infinity pool or working out in the extensive fitness room you’ll probably be sneaking peeks at the view. The 312 non-smoking rooms and suites pamper you with pillowtop beds dressed in luxe linens, marble bathroom stocked with high-end beauty products and wired and wireless internet access. Amenities include 42-inch flat-panel TVs with pay-per-view movies (and another TV hidden behind the mirror in the bathroom), DVD players and iPod docking stations that come complete with an iPod. The destination restaurants serve everything from Chinese fare to Italian favorites. Parking is available.
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Protest Music and the Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution

These days, I watch the news feeds from Hong Kong. I only half-listen to the announcers, the people on the barricades or the experts. Instead, I listen to what’s going on behind the live shots of the talking heads in front of the action. I’m listening for music.

Hong Kong’s courageous Umbrella Revolution already has a soundtrack of its own. One song is “Under a Vast Sky” by Beyond, Hong Kong’s greatest rock band, with lines that still resonate many years after the song’s first release: “Forgive me for embracing freedom in my life.”
 
The other is “Do You Hear the People Sing,” the anthem at the heart of the musical Les Miserables: “It is the music of the people/Who will not be slaves again.”
 
But I’m actually listening for another song, or songs — songs that have inspired captive peoples for hundreds of years. I’m listening for “We Shall Overcome,” “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Turn Me ‘Round,” “We Shall Not be Moved,” “This Little Light of Mine.” At some point, a microphone will capture a protest spiritual or a freedom song in Hong Kong.

I know this because those songs have been sung in the Arab Spring and on Tiananmen Square and at a thousand thousand rallies, protests, mass meetings and jails around the world, just as they were sung in Montgomery, Albany, Birmingham, Selma, Chicago and Memphis.

According to Zora Neale Hurston, these songs were first spread by High John de Conquer, the African American mythic spirit of survival and defiance. From slavery to the civil rights era, High John sped along the mystic grapevine of black America, spreading courage and hope. Today High John is spread by social media.

In early September, a man named Bob Kraft — who I do not know — posted on his Facebook page a call for pro-democracy forces to gather at the Hong Kong Wall at Hong Kong’s Central Government office where all assembled would hear the stories and learn the freedom songs of the American civil rights movement. I don’t know how many people showed up — if any. But if not then or there, then High John de Conquer took the message somewhere else, again and again and again.

People sing freedom songs because they have power. Christian people, Islamic people, Jewish people and people with no religious faith at all sing them. They have been orally transmitted from generation to generation in an almost apostolic succession, waiting only for the need to arise. Like ancient stories of King Arthur, said sleeping dreamlessly under some hill in Wales, waiting to be summoned in the time of England’s greatest need, the protest spirituals and freedom songs are always there. Waiting. Waiting to be called upon again.

I have spent the last eight years tracking these songs, from the fragmentary records of the Antebellum South to the singing of “We Shall Overcome” at the funeral of every great African American freedom fighter for the last fifty years. I have immersed myself in them. When I hear them sung on a scratchy recording of a nameless mass meeting near Greenwood, Mississippi, the hairs rise on my forearms. Brother, there is power here.

One of the great heroes of the civil rights movement, Bernice Johnson Reagon, once said, “When you get together at a mass meeting, you sing the songs which symbolize
transformation, which make that revolution of courage inside you. You raise a freedom song.”

So, each night, I flip among ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera or PBS and listen for the sounds of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution. I’m listening to history being made, to history being sung. I’m listening for the digital footsteps of High John de Conquer.

Robert Darden is an Associate Professor of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media at Baylor University. His book Nothing But Love in God’s Water: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement will be released this month from Penn State University Press.
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Hong Kong Protester Proposes To Girlfriend Amid The Action

As the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continue, emotions run high.

Not all emotions are negative, however.

On Sunday, footage captured in Mong Kok shows Yau Chi Hang, 22, getting down on one knee to propose to fellow protester and girlfriend Crystal Chan, 21. In the video, featured on the Associated Press’ YouTube channel, the couple is seen surrounded by a crowd that cheers after Chan says yes.

But the sweet scene comes amidst political unrest as thousands blockade the streets, demanding the right to vote for a leader in the 2017 elections.

“We hope our next generation won’t have to be occupying the streets as they’ll have true universal suffrage,” the engaged couple told reporters when asked about having children.

Authorities have given the protesters a deadline to clear the streets. Some have pulled out of talks with the government due to clashes with the police, but CNN reports a student group is willing to restart conversations if the conflict between pro-democracy protesters and those opposed is better handled.
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