HONG KONG - Teresa Cheng, secretary for justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, said on Thursday that the HKSAR Legislative Council (LegCo) earlier passed the Mainland Judgments in Matrimonial and Family Cases (Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement) Ordinance, which is in the interest of parties to cross-boundary marriages and their families. Cheng said that the provisions of the ordinance can be divided into three parts, which are recognition and enforcement of mainland judgments, recognition of mainland divorce certificates, and facilitation of recognition and enforcement in the mainland of Hong Kong judgments. Cheng said that with the passage of the ordinance, parties to cross-boundary marriages and their children will be benefitted. By providing a more expeditious and cost effective mechanism for parties to apply to the Hong Kong courts for the recognition and enforcement of judgments given by the mainland courts in matrimonial and family … [Read more...] about Reciprocal recognition of judgments in family cases between mainland, Hong Kong meets actual needs: HKSAR govt official
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A pair of Kanye West’s first Yeezy prototype shoes is on sale for a mind-boggling $1 Mln, Sotheby's has announced on Instagram. The Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes are the same shoes West wore at the 2008 50th Grammys for his performance of “Hey Mama” and “Stronger.” His appearance that night in the sneakers, which hadn't yet been released and were designed by West and Mark Smith in Nike’s “Innovation Kitchen” in Oregon, gave birth to the multibillion-dollar Yeezy sneaker and clothing brand which launched the following year. The pair is only available for private sale. Collector Ryan Chang is set to showcase the shoes in an exhibition at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 16 to 21. Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram Публикация от Sotheby's (@sothebys) According to Sotheby’s, “the Nike Air Yeezy I and Air Yeezy II are still some of the most coveted sneakers by collectors” and West’s prototype pair in question are “the most prized … [Read more...] about Kanye West Prototype Sneakers on Sale on Sotheby’s for $1Mln
When Hong Kong blues musician, the eponymously-named Bluesman, started writing new songs last year, it wasn't for an album — not at the outset. He was merely looking to express the emotions he was feeling as he was going through a divorce. But after completing a couple of tracks, he felt inspired to produce an album that explores the men-women relationship theme. The resulting nine-track Kowloon Blues & Other Assorted Love Songs is the first solo album from an artist of Bluesman whose previously released work was as the double bassist of the rockabilly band The Boogie Playboys. Although the project was triggered by an unfortunate event, the album isn't all melancholy tracks. It comprises a surprisingly versatile collection of songs, ranging from traditional twelve-bar blues to slow blues ballads and melodic pop-like ditties. The second half of the lengthy album name is meant to replay the message that it isn't strictly-speaking a traditional blues album, and that it's also a … [Read more...] about Moody blues and more
SINGAPORE: Fang (not her real name), 30, used to be able to put up with living at her in-laws’ place, where she and her husband have been staying since 2019 while waiting for her Build-To-Order (BTO) flat in Punggol which was supposed to be ready by this year. Not anymore. Having to work from home like many others after COVID-19 struck last year, the manager saw her productivity plummet as she had to talk to her clients and conduct video-conferencing calls from the kitchen of the four-room Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat. And no matter how hard Ms Fang tried to be extra mindful of the needs of her in-laws, who were themselves working via teleconferencing, she noticed tension between her and the elders building up over the months. Soon, she found herself shuttling between living at her in-laws’ place in Punggol and her parents’ Farrer Park three-room flat to preserve everyone’s sanity — only to have the sight of the seven to eight boxes cluttering her room serve as a … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Rising prices, building delays — young couples face perfect storm in quest for home sweet home
This is a wrap of several top stories from China for May 5, 2021. (CNN) For a country with a much smaller military and no nuclear weapons, Australia is suddenly hinting an awful lot about a war with China. On April 25, the symbolic date of Anzac Day, when Australia honors its war dead, newly appointed Defense Minister Peter Dutton said a conflict with China over Taiwan shouldn't "be discounted," adding that Australians needed to be "realistic" about tensions around the region. In another Anzac Day message, the top official at Australia's powerful Home Affairs department, Mike Pezzullo, told his staff "free nations" were hearing the "drums of war" beating again. A few days later, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $580 million in military upgrades. One week on, several newspapers published a confidential briefing by Australia's Maj. Gen. Adam Findlay to special forces soldiers, in which he said conflict with China was a "high likelihood." … [Read more...] about Why are Australian officials hinting at war with China?
The Home Office's refusal to give families of the Windrush generation preferential fees to enter the UK is unlawfully discriminatory, a High Court judge has ruled. Judge Tim Smith made the ruling after Lynda Mahabir, who was born in Trinidad, was separated from her husband and five children for more than two years due to the large fees the family would have to pay to join her in the UK. The judge said the Home Office's insistence the 52-year-old's family had to pay nearly £23,000 to join her left her with "a thankless choice". Mrs Mahabir was brought to the UK when she was two months old in 1969 before being taken back to Trinidad by her father in 1977 after her parents divorced. The Home Office did not document her lawful immigration status, like many others from the Windrush generation, so she was not able to return to the UK for 41 years. Advertisement She was then granted leave to remain under the Windrush scheme in 2018, which helps people … [Read more...] about Home Office ‘unlawfully discriminating’ against families wanting to join Windrush generation
On May 3, Bill and Melinda Gates, one of the world’s richest couples, shocked the world with the announcement that their 27-year marriage was coming to an end , raising questions about the impact on the couple’s philanthropy , which has seen hundreds of millions of dollars poured into China over the last couple of decades. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the world’s richest non-profit organisations with 1,600 employees globally. It is known for its work in areas of public health, education and climate change. There are currently no planned changes for the foundation and the couple will remain co-chairs, the organisation said in a statement. “We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” the couple said in a joint statement posted to Twitter. The divorce settlement is expected to be one of the largest ever made, … [Read more...] about The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spending millions in China, a fraction of its total funding