Nothing would be more embarrassing than trying to rob a bank and the staff in the bank laugh at you.
Old and busted: Rock, paper, scissors. New hotness: Teller, glass, meat cleaver. Glass always beats meat cleaver, and teller always wins.
A video making the roundsÂ out of Zhoujiazui, China shows a bank teller laughing at a would-be robber, who appears to slam a meat cleaver against the dividing glass as he talks on a cell phone,Â the New York Daily News reports.Â Read more »
China likes to lecture NZ on food safety and then they got slammed with a fox, donkey and rat meat scandal. But that is all so 2013 now.
In Beijing urban trappers have been caught with cats in traps they said they were going to sellÂ to street side vendors…for use as lamb kebab meat.
The drama unfolded last week when a cat enthusiast who takes care of neighborhood strays caught a youth checking a trap she noticed nearby. In an apparent bid to outrage bird enthusiasts as well, the thieves hadÂ baited their traps with live sparrows.
The woman, surnamed Li, says the hunters claimed to have caught over 100 cats during the New Year holiday.
Because apparently there are no laws on the books regarding urban trapping, the two men were jailed for 10 days for “stealing.”Â Read more »
Countdownâ€™s pain continues unabated.
Now the Prime Ministers of both countries have the issue of the protectionist tactics of Australian supermarket giants on the agenda.
Thanks to Countdownâ€™s owners Woolworths, New Zealand producers are getting shafted. There is no fair sucks on the sav.
But hereâ€™s the thing, while Woolworths thinks theyâ€™re being all very clever, and are on the winning side of negotiations screwing Kiwi companies out of millions for the privilege of having their products stocked by local Cosa Nosta Countdown, Woolworths is actually about to screw-up Australiaâ€™s efforts to negotiate the nine FTA agreements currently underway.
Countries like China, that exports tonnes and tonnes of things to Australia, are not likely to be impressed with Australiaâ€™s protectionist practices. Then thereâ€™s Indonesia as well. If Australia thinks itâ€™s got problems with boat people floating in from Indonesia, wait till the Indonesians kick trade disputes over market access in Australia up to the WTO. Â Read more »
Thjs news won;t make the Labour party party happy as they want to trash talk the New Zealand economy, and john Key.
He is the tourism minister so can rightly claim this piece of good news.
A record 2.7 million overseas visitors touched down in New Zealand last year, providing a shot in the arm for retailers, tourism operators, the hospitality industry and the economy.
Tourism New Zealand estimates the extra 114,112 holiday makers last year from abroad spent $365 million.
In addition to a bumper year, December also recorded the highest number of arrivals in any month with 381,000 clearing immigration controls.
Tourism NZ chief executive Kevin Bowler says the growth for the year was driven by traditional long-stay markets and the biggest source of tourists – Australia.Â Read more »
Karl du Fresne normally writes sensible stuff…but today he is off on a wonky jihad against Fiji.
It is so dreadfully wrong in so many respects one must wonder if he has even been to Fiji recently at all, or even bothered to talk to some local people about what is really going on in Fiji. Perhaps the only person he is speaking to is the equally ill-informed Michael Field.
One thing is for sure though, after this article I doubt Karl du Fresne will be enjoying any holidays in Fiji anytime soon.
We don’t seem to hear a lot about Commodore Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama these days. Perhaps that’s because we prefer not to think about him.
Our near neighbour â€“ the Pacific’s only military dictator â€“ presents a big problem. What he’s doing in Fiji, namely suppressing democracy and silencing opponents, is repugnant. We don’t approve.
Suppressing democracy? Does Karl know that Fiji is having an election this year, probably in September? One where one vote is as equal as the next rather than the corrupt system that existed before.
But what are we to do? Economic sanctions would inevitably punish innocent, ordinary Fijians. Besides, many New Zealanders like their cheap Fijian holidays and wouldn’t take kindly to being told they can no longer fly there.
The net result is that we find it easier to look the other way. Commodore Bainimarama is just too difficult.
Really? I’ve found you can just ring him up, or anyone else for that in the Fiji government. They are pretty accessible. As for sanctions…yeah how’d that work out for us in forcing change? All sanctions did was force Fiji to look northwards, and grow as a nation themselves, ironically one that is more independent as a result. New Zealand and Australia’s influence over Fiji is negligible now, China and India replacing them.Â Read more »
Cock tax just keeps on biting, you’d think blokes would know about this by now.
In China cock tax is really biting as the habits of years are being busted in the media.
Qin Guogang once heldÂ a respectable post as an official in China’s ruling Communist Party: He was associate dean at a provincial party school, where public officials study. Now, he is famous for a different position: On Jan. 13, a user of Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, claiming to be Qin’s mistressÂ uploadedÂ images showing a naked QinremovingÂ the underwear from a woman who lay prone. The self-proclaimed former lover wrote that the images were pulled from a sex tape the two filmed together, and sheÂ threatenedÂ to upload the entire video unless Qin confessed to authorities.
By Jan. 15, the scandal had become theÂ most-queriedÂ topic on Baidu, China’s most popular search engine, andÂ made headlinesÂ in major domestic media.Â Qin, perhaps hoping to salvage what was left of his reputation,Â turnedÂ himself in. (AuthoritiesÂ confirmedÂ that he has been suspended from his position is under investigation.)Â Read more »
China likes to lecture on food safety but it is a bit rich when breathing in China needs a health warning.
They can’t even see the sunrise so are now broadcasting it on massive screens to citizens can remember what the sun looks like.
The Daily Mail reports:
The smog has become so thick in Beijing that the city’s natural light-starved masses have begun flocking to huge digital commercial television screens across the city to observe virtual sunrises.
The futuristic screens installed in the Chinese capital usually advertize tourist destinations, but as the season’s first wave of extremely dangerous smog hit – residents donned air masks and left their homes to watch the only place where the sun would hail over the horizon that morning.Â Read more »
While David Cunliffe suns himself on holiday, contemplating how he will hide his rich prick lifestyle from the seething masses, still more economic good news continues to roll in.
Labour and the Greens are going to have a real problem in fighting against this avalanche of good news and government likely to ask voters why they would put everything at risk.
New Zealand has begun an economic boom that could drive its currency past Australia’s for the first time in four decades, HSBC Bank Australia says.
The bank rates the rebuilding of earthquake-damaged Christchurch – one of three things driving the economy – as an economic force as important to New Zealand as the resources boom of the last decade was to Australia’s economy.
“New Zealand is set for a strong 2014, with the economy already firing on all cylinders,” Adam Richardson and Paul Bloxham of HSBC Bank Australia say in a report.
New Zealand is likely to outperform almost all other OECD economies in 2014, except Chile, Israel and Mexico.
HSBC forecasts gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 3.4 per cent in 2014, up from 2.8 per cent in 2013.
The New Zealand dollar will rise to 87 US cents by the end of 2014. It was 82.46 US cents at 5pm on Friday.Â Read more »
George Soros has made a massive call…he is betting against China.
George Soros probably shouldn’t expect any warm invitations to Beijing – not with the much-reviled short seller warning of a giant Chinese crash.
The billionaire first shook a major government in September 1992, when he led an attack on the British pound. For his role in humiliating London and forcing John Major’s government to exit the European exchange-rate mechanism – essentially the euro – Soros reportedly netted $US2 billion.
Soros made a bundle off America’s subprime debt crisis as well. Here in Asia, his legend has loomed large since 1997, when then-Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused him, bizarrely, of heading a Jewish conspiracy to spark an Asian crisis.
Now Soros has his eye on China. In a January 2 op-ed for Project Syndicate, Soros didn’t say whether he’s shorting China. But he did connect the dots in a way that can’t make President Xi Jinping happy. To Soros, the main risk facing the world isn’t the euro, the US Congress or a Japanese asset bubble, but a Chinese debt disaster that’s unfolding in plain sight.