Japanese Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura is also a master of make-up, with a mass following. The practicing monk shares beauty tips to his fans, who come from all walks of life to learn about his techniques.
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Authorities have received some reports of adverse events arising from the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, said a Singapore health official.
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Top Republicans have urged US President Joe Biden to take tougher action against China, after Beijing announced sanctions on outgoing American officials just minutes into Biden taking office.Jim Risch, head of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted on Thursday that in sanctioning 28 national security officials, China’s Communist Party was already testing the Biden administration’s “resolve to continue a tougher, competitive approach towards China”.“Together, Republicans [and] Democrats must show Beijing we will not be deterred from defending US interests,” he tweeted.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan movesChina’s foreign ministry announced the sanctions against a list of US individuals and their families just 20 minutes after Biden was sworn in on Thursday, accusing those targeted of having “seriously violated China’s sovereignty” and being largely responsible for a “series of crazy moves” in US policy on China.Ten of the people on the list were former members of the Trump administration, including secretary of state Mike Pompeo, trade adviser Peter Navarro, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, health secretary Alex Azar and deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger.“China has pointed out multiple times that these anti-China politicians will pay for their crazy acts,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.“We hope the new US administration will view China and China-US relations in an objective and rational manner.”China’s action came after Pompeo said Beijing’s repression in the far western region of Xinjiang against Uygurs and members of other ethnic minorities amounted to ongoing “genocide and crimes”.Washington has imposed its own sanctions on Chinese officials and entities over the policies in Xinjiang, as well as on Hong Kong and Chinese officials over Beijing’s political crackdown in Hong Kong.Michael McCaul, the leading Republican of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, tweeted that Beijing had showed its true colours by sanctioning US officials for telling the truth – that the Communist Party was “guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide”.“I strongly urge the Biden administration to quickly condemn these baseless, impotent sanctions and make good on its early commitments to prioritise strategic competition with the [Communist Party],” he said.Biden’s National Security Council also weighed in, calling the sanctions “unproductive and cynical”, urging Americans from both parties to criticise the move.“Imposing these sanctions on Inauguration Day is seemingly an attempt to play to partisan divides,” council spokeswoman Emily Horne told Reuters. “President Biden looks forward to working with leaders in both parties to position America to out-compete China.”Hua, from the Chinese foreign ministry, responded on Friday by accusing the Trump administration of having imposed thousands of sanctions on China.She said Beijing’s measures were “completely appropriate and necessary, fully demonstrating the Chinese government’s firm determination to safeguard national interests”.“We have long said that unilateral sanctions harm others and hurt oneself, and just like a boomerang, sooner or later it will fly back,” she said.“McCaul’s comments fully expose how some US politicians only allow the US to engage in arbitrary suppression and do not allow others to justly defend themselves against bullying, hegemony and hegemonic logic.” China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan movesBeijing has called for a reset in relations with Washington, after months of disputes over issues including trade, technology, strategic influence, ideology, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea.But analysts said the political consensus in Washington for a tougher policy on China had hardened and Beijing’s increasingly assertive foreign policy would make it difficult for an easing in the strategic rivalry.Drew Thompson, a former US Defence Department official responsible for China, Taiwan and Mongolia, said he expected Chinese President Xi Jinping would seek to reverse some of the Trump administration’s measures on China, but Biden had little incentive to compromise.While Biden would certainly seek to engage with Xi, China was deeply committed to its existing model of governance and its more aggressive and often antagonistic foreign policy, he said.“This leaves little room for Biden to explore areas of meaningful cooperation, leaving the two sides to manage differences and focus on reducing the risk of miscalculation and avoiding conflict,” he said. “There is a strong bipartisan consensus in the United States about the challenge that China presents to US interests, and the need to be more forceful and assertive to protect them,” he said.More from South China Morning Post: * Will Joe Biden meet Xi Jinping? China awaits clues to future of US relations * China says it wants to get relations with US ‘back on the right track’ * China sanctions US lawmakers, officials over Hong Kong, Taiwan moves * Pompeo among key Trump officials sanctioned by Beijing for ‘disrupting China-US relations’ * Joe Biden taps Asia expert Ely Ratner as top Pentagon adviser on ChinaThis article Hit back at China, US Republicans tell Joe Biden after American officials targeted with sanctions first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
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Former Mediacorp actor Ng Aik Leong, known by his Chinese name as Huang Yiliang, was found guilty of assaulting a worker in his employ with a metal scraper.
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Liverpool's 68-game unbeaten run in the Premier League at Anfield came to a stunning end as Ashley Barnes's late penalty earned struggling Burnley a 1-0 win on Thursday.
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The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Friday (22 January), taking the country’s total case count to 59,250.
Real Madrid hope to put an embarrassing midweek cup exit behind them, while Andre Villas-Boas's future is under scrutiny at Marseille and AC Milan look to keep their rivals in the rearview mirror with Zlatan Ibrahimovic back from injury.
In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol of international friendship. Biden on Wednesday ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive orders issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration. The order leaves billions of dollars of work unfinished — but still under contract — after Trump worked feverishly last year to build more than 450 miles (720 kilometers), a goal he said he achieved eight days before leaving office.
A newborn girl with complex congenital heart disease suffered a cardiac arrest before doctors discovered she had been injected with excessive potassium in a suspected medical blunder at the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital.The incident had no “apparent adverse effect” on the baby as she was already connected to a life support machine, a hospital spokesman said on Thursday, but a panel would investigate the reason for her high potassium levels.“The hospital is very concerned about the event, and has reported it to the Hospital Authority Head Office via the Advance Incident Reporting System,” he said.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.It was the first publicised medical incident at the city’s only children’s hospital, which opened at Kai Tak in 2018.On January 13, three days after her birth, the baby had suffered heart failure and required urgent cardiac surgery. She was also hooked up to a life support machine that pumped blood from her body through an artificial lung in a technique known as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).After surgery, the girl was transferred to the paediatric intensive care unit for observation. She was also given renal replacement therapy for a kidney problem.The next day, the infant was found to have hypokalaemia, or low levels of potassium in the blood. An intravenous potassium chloride infusion was prescribed in a bid to raise the level. But it remained low after two rounds of infusion, prompting a third dose on the morning of January 15.The hospital spokesman said during the infusion, the baby developed bradycardia, a slower than normal heart rate. That was followed by asystole, a form of cardiac arrest in which the heart stops beating. Doctors stopped the infusion immediately. Hong Kong hospital to look into case of severed finger thrown away mid-surgeryHer potassium level was then found to be higher than normal. Medications were given, with the renal replacement therapy enhanced to clear the excessive potassium.“The baby’s sinus rhythm returned and her heart rate picked up within five minutes,” the spokesman said, adding the potassium level went down gradually.The authority categorised the incident as “a serious untoward event”.“Since the patient was on ECMO which replaced her circulatory functions, her blood pressure and oxygenation were maintained during the event. Besides, relevant treatment was given immediately. As a result, no apparent adverse effect was caused,” the spokesman said.The hospital had explained the event to the parents and the girl would be closely monitored, the spokesman added.More from South China Morning Post: * Coronavirus: Hong Kong public hospitals to require day-ward patients to undergo testing; 32 new cases confirmed * Hong Kong fourth wave: new private hospital under Chinese University to ease burden on public sector by accepting Covid-19 patients * Coronavirus cluster at Hong Kong public hospital triggers mandatory screening, while city records 70 new cases and another deathThis article Newborn girl’s heart stopped beating in suspected blunder at Hong Kong Children’s Hospital first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
The long-delayed RTS Link promises to be a game-changer in easing congestion at the Causeway, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung.
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China’s relationship with the United States can be restored and “kind angels can triumph over evil forces”, Beijing said on Thursday, in an upbeat statement after earlier imposing sanctions on a raft of American officials who served under Donald Trump.As Joe Biden was making his presidential oath in Washington, China’s foreign ministry said it would ban 28 officials, including former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and their immediate family members from entering China. It also announced restrictions on companies and organisations associated with the officials from doing business or otherwise interacting with China. China says it wants to get relations with US ‘back on the right track’The new Biden administration described Beijing’s move as “unproductive and cynical”.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“Imposing these sanctions on Inauguration Day is seemingly an attempt to play to partisan divides,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement.“Americans of both parties should criticise this unproductive and cynical move. President Biden looks forward to working with leaders in both parties to position America to out-compete China.”China has previously imposed sanctions on lower ranked US officials as punishment for what it called US interference in its domestic affairs over Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Taiwan. But the new restrictions are the first to target senior level officials.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday the sanctions were “righteous and necessary” and that “anti-China politicians must pay a price for their crazy behaviour”.But with cooperation from both sides, the damaged China-US relationship could be repaired, she said.“I believe if both countries put in the effort, the kind angels can triumph over evil forces. President Biden mentioned [in his inaugural speech] that the US needs to be repaired and healed. I think the same is true for Sino-US relations,’ Hua said.“In the past few years, the Trump administration, particularly Pompeo, has laid too many landmines that need to be cleared, and burned too many bridges that need to be repaired,” she said.The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office under the State Council also issued a statement accusing the sanctioned individuals of interfering in China’s internal affairs.Diplomatic observers said the sanctions were largely symbolic as most of the officials targeted would no longer have dealings with China. But Wu Xinbo, director of the Centre for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, said they also served as a shot across Biden’s bows.“This is a reckoning for the Trump administration. American companies and institutions with business interests in China need to think twice before they hire or work with these people,” he said.“It is also a signal for the Biden administration. If they put sanctions on China like the Trump administration did, they will suffer from the same consequences.” As Biden takes office, US still viewed as ‘grey rhino’ risk for Chinese economyBeijing did not name all of the people on the sanctions list, so it is unknown if former US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, who took a hard line on China’s trade practices, will be affected.Wu said China was likely to target officials who had shown hostile intentions and ideological prejudice towards the Chinese government.“There are certain people on the Biden team who have the intention of reviving the ideological confrontation between China and the US. We need to stay alert to this tendency,” he said.Yun Sun, director of the China programme at the Stimson Centre – a think tank in Washington – said the move by Beijing could be seen as a response to four years of animosity under Trump as well as a warning to Biden’s team.“When we think about who are the real targets of these sanctions, not many on the list are involved in consulting businesses, but many of Biden’s foreign policy aides have been involved in Asia or China-related consulting businesses,” she said.Biden’s Asia tsar Kurt Campbell is a former chairman and co-founder of The Asia Group, a strategic advisory and capital management group specialising in Asia. Antony Blinken, the new US secretary of state, co-founded WestExec Advisers in 2017 to support mostly US companies with their business and investment decisions around the world. Biden recalls telling Xi Jinping the US is about ‘possibilities’ before swearing in appointeesBut Sun said it was unlikely Beijing’s move would have any real impact on Biden’s policymaking.Among the guests at Biden’s swearing-in on Wednesday was Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to Washington Hsiao Bi-khim. It was the first time a Taiwanese representative had attended a presidential inauguration as an official guest.Horne described America’s commitment to Taiwan as “rock-solid”.Asked about the event, Hua urged the new US administration to “cautiously and properly handle Taiwan-related affairs” and refrain from any official interaction with Taiwanese officials.Additional reporting by Shi JiangtaoMore from South China Morning Post: * Biden recalls telling China’s Xi Jinping the US is about ‘possibilities’ before swearing in appointees * Pompeo among key Trump officials sanctioned by Beijing for ‘disrupting China-US relations’ * Biden inauguration: new US president pledges to unify a tense, divided nation while fighting a pandemic * China-EU investment deal: Joe Biden repeats call for ‘coordinated approach’ to handle BeijingThis article China-US relations: angels can triumph over evil and get ties back on track, Beijing says first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Surveillance cameras should be installed in Hong Kong schools to monitor teachers’ speech, pro-establishment lawmakers argued on Friday as they wrapped a three-day debate of the city leader’s policy address.Discontent over the education system took centre stage during the Legislative Council session, though a motion of thanks for Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s November policy speech was approved by 40 lawmakers.Two independent members of the chamber – Cheng Chung-tai of localist party Civic Passion and medical sector representative Pierre Chan – voted no.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.While no such motion passed in 2019, last year’s mass resignation of the opposition camp in protest of Beijing’s decision to disqualify four incumbent pan-democrats means Legco is now almost solely occupied by pro-establishment lawmakers.Many of that group on Friday called on authorities to step up the monitoring and regulation of teachers. Liberal Party chairman Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, an adviser to the Executive Council, Lam’s de facto cabinet, suggested placing CCTV cameras in classrooms would reveal if teachers had made “subversive remarks”.“The recordings can help schools monitor their teaching, and can also prove some innocent if they are smeared,” Cheung argued.While not responding directly to Cheung’s suggestion, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said the government clearly saw areas for improvement in the city’s schools following the social unrest of 2019.“If teachers are found to be incompetent in their posts, the Education Bureau will consider revoking their registration for the well-being of students, to uphold the professionalism of teachers and public confidence of the education system,” he said.Undersecretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin said in July it was up to individual schools to take measures they saw fit to “prevent crime”, though monitoring efforts would have to be in line with existing privacy laws.Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung agreed with Cheung’s suggestion that officials should do more to actively monitor teacher behaviour.Citing figures from the Education Bureau, Kwok said it was “far from enough” to simply handle the 262 complaints of alleged professional misconduct filed between June 2019 – when anti-government protests erupted over the now-withdrawn extradition bill – and last November. Carrie Lam’s policy address hails Beijing’s support, doubles down on national securityAnother Exco member, lawmaker Martin Liao Cheung-kong, said officials should be more cognisant of the adverse implications educators could have on the young.“If some teachers have ulterior political motives and hope to bring politics into schools, their untrue claims made in classrooms could deeply impact students negatively … We should take the initiative to identify horses that spoil the whole herd,” he said.As she rolled out the policy address in November, Lam said she aimed to rebuild confidence in a city beset by political turmoil, adding it was “heartbreaking” that, among the more than 10,000 people arrested over the anti-government protests, 40 per cent were students.“The social incidents also reveal that the law-abiding awareness of some young people is weak and that positive values such as mutual understanding and mutual respect are lacking,” Lam said in the policy blueprint, vowing to enhance moral and national education among youth.Since taking office in 2017, Lam has delivered four policy addresses, with lawmakers formally thanking her for the first two by way of the symbolic motion.The motion of thanks was not introduced in 2019, as opposition lawmakers held up the House Committee’s work with months of filibustering to stop a national anthem law and other bills from being approved.More from South China Morning Post: * A cause of anti-government protests or an essential tool to teach the young to think for themselves? Row over liberal studies rumbles on * A comprehensive revamp of Hong Kong’s liberal studies curriculum is long overdue * Architect of liberal studies in Hong Kong defends government plan to overhaul subjectThis article Hong Kong’s pro-establishment lawmakers push for surveillance cameras in classrooms to monitor teachers’ speech first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
Seniors in two towns can get their COVID-19 vaccines from next Wednesday under pilots, before vaccination centres are set up islandwide from mid-February.