Bad news for all Cyberpunk 2077 fans. The game has been delayed for the third time and we'll need to wait till December to play the next big thing in CD Projekt Red's history.
Bad news for all Cyberpunk 2077 fans. The game has been delayed for the third time and we'll need to wait till December to play the next big thing in CD Projekt Red's history.
The Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, which the company says was recently demonstrated to have 94 percent efficacy, causes the human immune system to produce potent antibodies that endure for at least three months, a study showed Thursday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined Friday to comment on the possibility of a US deal with Chinese tech giant Huawei that could see its detained finance chief Meng Wanzhou allowed to return to China.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday the United States would refuse entry to Chinese online trolls who target dissidents and minorities, announcing his latest visa curbs amid high tensions with Beijing.
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Security camera footage showing the moment a university student fell to his death inside a Hong Kong car park as a protest took place nearby has been discovered by an inquest looking into last year’s incident.The previously unseen footage, which was described on Friday by Coroner Ko Wai-hung as “very crucial”, was the first identified visual of the moment Alex Chow Tsz-lok fell from a multistorey car park in Sheung Tak Estate, in Tseung Kwan O, on the morning of November 4, 2019.Its discovery could help the court assess the accuracy of previous testimony about the time and location of the incident, as well as influence forensic experts’ analyses in the evidence to follow.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.The video clip, which was taken from a surveillance camera installed at Kwong Ming Court, a housing estate next to the car park, showed a black shadow descending from the building. But it was not clear enough to show the events preceding the fall.“It appears that the black shadow in the footage is Tsz-lok,” Ko said.Chow, 22, who studied at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, suffered extensive skull fractures, as well as bruises and swelling to his body after the fall. He died in hospital four days later.Previous security footage at the car park last showed Chow walking towards the building’s third floor at 1:01.39am, when police officers were dispersing anti-government protesters at a nearby demonstration, but was unable to show the moment of the fall.A police detective responsible for reviewing security footage earlier testified he found no useful materials from Kwong Ming Court.But on Thursday, Ko revealed the discovery of the footage at the residential complex, which could largely shake up the course of the court inquiry. Student who died in car park fall unlikely to have lost balance, inquest toldThe new footage gave the time of the fall as 12:51.37am, but Ko said that record was “obviously not the real time”, adding he had directed forensic experts to ascertain the precise time and landing point of the fall based on the footage.Chow’s father, Chow Tak-ming, said outside court the new footage represented “one huge step towards the truth”.He said he did not expect a breakthrough in the investigation from security footage initially discarded by police, but declined to comment on whether investigators had been negligent.“Frankly speaking, at this moment, it does not matter who is right and who is wrong, and whether anybody has not done their job properly,” Chow said. “I am actually happy to learn about the coroner’s discovery, which may be one huge step towards the truth.”He issued another public appeal, calling for residents at Kwong Ming Court who had knowledge about the fall to help the investigation.Meanwhile, the coroner revealed that a separate security video, also discovered on Thursday, suggested government paramedics who previously testified had been wrong about the time they took Chow to hospital.He stopped short of detailing what was in that footage, but said he had invited the director of fire services to hire legal representatives to attend the proceedings.He adjourned the proceedings to next Tuesday to allow time for police to investigate further. He added that the inquest, originally slated for 25 days, might overrun in light of the latest developments.More from South China Morning Post: * Hong Kong student who suffered fatal injuries in car park fall near protest site last year was unlikely to have lost balance, inquest hears * Hong Kong court could turn to virtual reality to help inquest jury uncover truth behind student’s death, source saysThis article Hong Kong protests: new security camera footage shows moment student fell to his death from car park first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
China will have 600 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines ready for market this year and will make “a major announcement” soon, a scientist in charge of vaccine development said on Friday.Wang Junzhi, from the Chinese Academy of Engineering and also deputy head of an expert task force on vaccine development under the State Council, made the remarks at a briefing in Wuhan.“Regarding the development of Covid-19 vaccines, there will be a major news announcement in the coming one to two weeks. It’s at the final stage now,” Wang said.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“As planned, there will be 600 million doses of inactivated vaccines ready for market launch this year.”Inactivated vaccines use a conventional technique that involves killing off the virus in a lab and using it to trigger an immune response. Two such vaccines developed by China National Biotec Group (CNBG) and a third by Sinovac Biotech are in the final stage of clinical trials in South America, the Middle East and Asia but the drug makers have yet to release any of the phase 3 data needed for full regulatory approval.The companies have already built the required high-level biosafety facilities and scaled up production.Wang said China had the technology and standards in place to produce vaccines in such facilities, adding “that’s why our inactivated vaccines are leading the world”.The US vaccine initiative, Operation Warp Speed, does not include the inactivated technique because of safety concerns.Sinovac has already shipped more than 1.12 million doses of its vaccine to Brazil, where it is conducting a phase 3 trial, ahead of its interim data being reviewed before it can be approved.In India, the Serum Institute, the world’s largest vaccine maker, also started mass-producing a vaccine developed by Oxford University-AstraZeneca before it was approved or proven to be effective.Wang did not give details of the 600 million doses, but previous media reports have said the two facilities under CNBG could supply 100 million doses this year with potential for 300 million by expanding existing capacity. Sinovac could also reportedly supply 100 million doses of its vaccine this year. China tells recovered Covid-19 patients to wait six months before giving bloodTwo other vaccines developed in China – by CanSino and Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical – are also in the final stage of human trials and the companies have said they could produce 100 million to 300 million doses this year, depending on demand.The CNBG and Sinovac vaccines were authorised for emergency use at the end of July, and they have already been given to about 1 million Chinese deemed high-risk – including people working in health care, those in contact with overseas arrivals and essential workers.Several provinces have started the procurement process for these vaccines, including Zhejiang, Sichuan and Jiangsu.While the Chinese vaccine makers have yet to reveal data, a vaccine developed by US company Pfizer and German firm BioNTech and another by US drug maker Moderna have shown high efficacy in their phase 3 trials.Britain on Wednesday approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use starting next week, and it is expected to be approved in the United States and Europe in the coming week. Pfizer aims to provide 50 million doses globally this year. Moderna meanwhile said it expected to have between 100 million and 125 million doses of its experimental vaccine available globally in the first quarter of 2021.Wang’s remarks came after Vice-Premier Sun Chunlan, who is in charge of health in China, on Wednesday visited a vaccine maker under CNBG, as well as Sinovac, and the national agency that oversees vaccines in Beijing.She told the drug makers they should “scientifically and rigorously” advance their phase 3 trials and “be prepared” for mass production of vaccines. She said vaccination of all high-risk groups should be completed by the end of the year.China’s drug regulator issued guidelines in August requiring Covid-19 vaccines to be at least 50 per cent effective, but preferably higher than 70 per cent, and they should provide immunity for at least six months – data that is provided during phase 3 trials.CNBG data could be released “soon”, its parent company China National Pharmaceutical Group said on Saturday, while Sinovac is also expected to make an announcement on its phase 3 trial imminently. A Sinovac spokesman said no further details could be provided when reached for comment on Friday.More from South China Morning Post: * After Britain, US could be next to approve Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for use * Coronavirus: Beijing tells Chinese vaccine makers to get ready for mass production * Chinese brewery marks traumatic Wuhan coronavirus lockdown with ‘stay strong’ craft beer * Covid-19 vaccines poised for approval in the West. But what about China?This article Coronavirus: China to have 600 million doses of vaccines ‘ready for market this year’ first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Contraband products worth HK$540 million (US$69.7 million) have been seized in Hong Kong waters so far this year, 230 per cent more than the entirety of 2019, a senior customs official has said.The latest figure was disclosed as customs and police officers made the biggest seizure of its kind in 12 years on Thursday, finding HK$80 million worth of goods, including iPhones, bird nests and abalone that were allegedly to be smuggled to Shenzhen by speedboat.Senior Superintendent Mark Woo Wai-kwan, head of customs’ syndicate crimes investigation bureau, said he attributed the surge to the closure of the major control points due to coronavirus travel restrictions, which has forced smugglers to use the sea route rather than cars and human couriers.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.According to Woo, customs officers have confiscated HK$540 million worth of contraband items at sea and made 217 arrests in 66 cases. In the whole of last year, they seized HK$160 million worth of goods and arrested 86 people across 55 cases.The total included Thursday’s seizure in the Sha Tau Kok frontier closed area.That haul, with a street value of HK$130 million on the mainland, included hundreds of iPhone 12s, delicacies such as abalone and bird’s nest, cosmetic products, apparel and HK$42.7 million worth of electronic goods such as computer hard discs.Bureau Assistant Superintendent Cheng Man-yuen said the consignment also included 550kg of suspected red coral, which could be used for Chinese medicine or making jewellery. He said they would check with the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department as to whether it was an endangered species. Surge in value of sea-smuggling seizures linked to Covid-19 travel curbsLaw enforcers began investigating the cross-border smuggling ring after noticing unusual activity at the typhoon shelter in the border town of Sha Tau Kok about two weeks ago.Dozens of officers lay in wait in various observation posts on Wednesday night before a truck arrived at an outdoor car park in Kong Ha village at about 1am on Thursday.Three seven-seater cars later drove into the car park, where boxes of goods were loaded into the vehicles from the truck. Two of the cars were then driven to the Shun Lung Street typhoon shelter, which is about 1.8km away from the maritime boundary between Hong Kong and the mainland.Officers swooped into action as boxes of goods were being loaded from one of the two cars onto a speedboat at the typhoon shelter. Four to five workers then jumped into the boat, speeding in the direction of Shenzhen. HK$2.5 million in smuggled goods seized, but suspects escape in speedboatMore than 100 boxes of contraband goods were found in the truck and three cars, but no arrests were made at the scene.About 12 hours later, customs officers arrested three Hongkongers aged 36 to 46 in connection with the case. The men were the owners of the cars and also residents of the Sha Tau Kok frontier closed area.“It is the largest smuggling case [at sea] tackled by Hong Kong customs in the past 12 years,” Woo said. He said the biggest such case was made in 2008, when HK$200 million worth of contraband products was seized in a cargo vessel.He said the illegal smuggling operation was designed to avoid taxes that range from 20 to 100 per cent of the products’ value.The senior superintendent said the investigation was continuing and further arrests were possible.He said the department would seek help from their counterparts to track down the partner in the cross-border syndicate.This article Hong Kong’s biggest seaborne smuggling seizure in over a decade brings tally to HK$540 million for year, dwarfing 2019 total first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
The US government is discussing a deal with Chinese tech giant Huawei that could see its detained finance chief Meng Wanzhou allowed to return to China, the Wall Street Journal said.
French authorities will inspect dozens of mosques and prayer halls suspected of radical teachings starting Thursday as part of a crackdown on Islamist extremists following a spate of attacks, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.
A Chinese space probe has lifted off from the surface of the Moon to return to Earth, an ambitious effort to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades.
Top US government officials issued stark warnings about China on Thursday, with the head of Washington’s intelligence community calling China America’s “greatest threat” and the Pentagon’s top general saying that the US must boost its technological prowess to defend against Beijing’s efforts to “dominate” US military forces.“I am entrusted with access to more intelligence than any member of the US government other than the president,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, said in an opinion piece published by The Wall Street Journal, a rare public warning from his office.“The People’s Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War II.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“Beijing intends to dominate the US and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically,” Ratcliffe added. “Many of China’s major public initiatives and prominent companies offer only a layer of camouflage to the activities of the Chinese Communist Party.”Using similar language at the US Naval Institute‘s online Defense Forum to characterise the military threat that China poses, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley said the country “would like to not only match us but exceed us, dominate us, be able to beat us in armed conflict by mid-century”.Ratcliffe cited cases of industrial espionage and referenced alleged payments that the Chinese government made to Charles Lieber, the indicted former chairman of Harvard University’s chemistry department, as evidence of a wide-ranging effort to “rob, replicate and replace” American companies, resulting in damages equivalent to as much as US$500 billion a year.The comments by America’s top intelligence official come as US courts work through dozens of indictments that the Justice Department has brought against Chinese researchers in the country in addition to Lieber.John Demers, chief of the US Justice Department’s National Security Division, said in a discussion hosted by the Aspen Institute think tank on Wednesday that more than 1,000 Chinese researchers have left the US amid his department’s initiative to uncover espionage emanating from Beijing. ‘See you in four years’: Trump openly floats idea of 2024 White House runIn another case involving Harvard this week, a Chinese researcher accused of trying to smuggle 21 vials of cancer cells taken from a Boston hospital agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge and will be permitted to return to China.Ratcliffe, who will likely be replaced next month by President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, said that he has personally warned Washington’s allies that the usage of telecommunications equipment by Huawei Technologies Co. and other Chinese 5G equipment makers give Beijing “opportunities to collect intelligence”.The Chinese government’s intelligence functionaries “use their access to tech firms such as Huawei to enable malicious activities, including the introduction of vulnerabilities into software and equipment”, Ratcliffe said, adding that usage of Chinese 5G systems “will severely limit America’s ability to share vital intelligence”.Under new rules issued by the US Commerce Department in August that build on similar restrictions issued earlier this year, any company that sells Huawei products made anywhere with US technology will require a licence.Asked about national security concerns on Tuesday in an annual China conference organised by the South China Morning Post, Donald Morrissey, Huawei’s vice-president of government relations denied that the company would violate the laws of the countries in which its customers operate. Two years on, Huawei still fighting for survival as CFO extradition ongoingChina’s national security law “does not reach out to Huawei’s customers in Europe or the United States or anywhere else”, Morrisey said. “If that were to happen, and be detected … it would destroy a basically US$122 billion company overnight”.On the diplomatic front, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this year ordered senior Chinese diplomats based in the US to seek his department’s permission before meeting with local government officials or visiting American university campuses.A representative of Beijing’s embassy in Washington called Ratcliffe’s comments “fact-distorting” and part of US government attempts to contain China.Ratcliffe “is well aware that it is the US government and relevant companies that have been for a long time mounting a large-scale, organized and indiscriminate cyber theft, surveillance and attack,” the representative said. “It is nothing secret that no one deserves the title of Empire of Hacking and Spying better than the US.”Milley said the US military must embrace robotics and artificial intelligence more fully, and boost its naval fleet to more than 500 vessels by 2045, from around 300 currently.At least one quarter of these vessels should be unmanned, robotic ships, and as many as 90 submarines, he said.More from South China Morning Post: * US bill to audit or delist Chinese companies unlikely to have significant impact on funding avenues, analysts say * US lawmakers urged to put ‘reciprocity’ at heart of China relationship * ‘We’re a Pacific power’: Joe Biden faces pressure to hold hard line of defence against China * China tightens export rules for sensitive tech, boosts power to retaliate against foreign sanctionsThis article US intelligence head says China is America’s ‘greatest threat’ in rare public warning first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
The fourth season of Netflix hit "The Crown" has stirred controversy in Britain, where its treatment of the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has been criticised for taking too much artistic licence.
Leading American infectious disease scientist Anthony Fauci on Thursday walked back his criticism of Britain's drug regulator after saying it had rushed through its coronavirus vaccine approval.
Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace.
A Chinese spacecraft lifted off from the moon Thursday night with a load of lunar rocks, the first stage of its return to Earth, the government space agency reported. Chang’e 5, the third Chinese spacecraft to land on the moon and the first to take off from it again, is the latest in a series of increasingly ambitious missions for Beijing’s space program, which also has a orbiter and rover headed to Mars. Its mission: collect about 2 kilograms (4 pounds) of lunar rocks and bring them back to Earth, the first return of samples since Soviet spacecraft did so in the 1970s.
Israel warned Thursday of an increased threat against its citizens abroad following Iran's call to avenge last week's assassination of its top nuclear scientist.
Christmas is the season to throw your exercise and diet regimen out of the window and stuff your face silly. Apart from overeating, the other great seasonal tradition is overspending.
British leaders who ridiculed expert opinion over Brexit are now turning to the professionals to sell their message on Covid vaccination -- above all a football-loving scientist of Vietnamese heritage who has a mania for metaphors.
Julen Lopetegui may not have been successful at his previous club Real Madrid, but he can be satisfied in reviving current club Sevilla.
We close the chapter on a tough year and look forward to 2021. Here are three stocks that should exhibit healthy growth.The post Forget 2020: These 3 Blue-Chip Companies Are Primed for Growth in 2021 appeared first on The Smart Investor.