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SPORT – 运动

  • Beijing Guoan offer €20m to lure highly rated Uruguay international Maxi Gomez to Chinese Super League
    by Chan Kin-wa on November 17, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan have tabled a €20 million deal to lure talented young striker Maxi Gomez from La Liga side Celta Vigo, mainland reports said. The Uruguay international only left his Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting for Spain six months ago for a fee of €4 million on a five-year contract and if the deal goes through, Celta would turn a massive profit on their outlay. Gomez has scored five goals already in his 10 appearances with Celta this season and the 21-year... […]

  • UCLA basketball players apologise for shoplifting in China and thank Donald Trump
    by Associated Press, Reuters on November 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Three US college basketball players detained in China for shoplifting publicly apologised Wednesday and thanked President Donald Trump for helping secure their release and repatriation. Trump had personally asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to intervene to free UCLA’s LiAngelo Ball – the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie star Lonzo Ball – and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who were arrested last Tuesday in Hangzhou. Trump had earlier asked whether the... […]

  • LaVar and LaMelo Ball cause bedlam in Hong Kong as LiAngelo touches down in LA after China lets him go
    by Nicolas Atkin on November 15, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Hundreds of young basketball fans waited outside the Big Baller Brand pop-up shop in Nathan Road for hours on Tuesday night, hoping to get an autograph and a picture with LaVar Ball – father of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo – and his teenage son LaMelo. But so did a group of reporters – who weren’t there to buy a pair of HK$4,000 trainers or garish hats, hoodies and T-shirts. LaVar eventually turned up 20 minutes late, flanked by his burly security guards and choosing... […]

  • LiAngelo Ball and UCLA basketball players fly back to US after shoplifting scandal in China
    by Associated Press on November 14, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting took a plane back to Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pac-12 college conference that UCLA compete in, said the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities”. LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the team beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in... […]

  • Teenaged Chinese ace Zhou Guanyu eyes history-making performance at Macau Grand Prix
    by Mathew Scott on November 14, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Groundbreaking Chinese star Zhou Guanyu wants to carve his name into history at this weekend’s 64th Suncity Group Macau Grand Prix. The Shanghai-born 18-year-old is the only Chinese driver among the 26 gathered from across the globe for the famous race around the Guia circuit, and he is setting his sights high after a season in the FIA European Formula Three Championship that was capped off with two podium finishes in the final round at Hockenheim last month. “Podium would be... […]


ARTS – 艺术

  • Young artists from Shanghai, stars of Shanghai Galaxy II
    by Lucille Enel on November 13, 2017 at 6:37 am

    The group show "Shanghai Galaxy II" presents the latest works of Shanghai-based artists and the topics related to the city, delving into the historical development process of contemporary art in Shanghai. Among the participating artists are; Birdhead, Chen Wei, Hu Weiyi, Hu Yun, Liang Yue, Liao fei, Liu Ren, Ni Youyu. Image courtesy: Chen Wei and Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai. […]

  • Tao Hui & Li Ming videos works finalists of the Hugo Boss Award for Emerging Asian Artists
    by Lucille Enel on November 13, 2017 at 6:02 am

    Hugo Boss Award for Emerging Asian Artists Exhibition presents the selected works of four finalist artists - Li Ming, Tao Hui, Yu Ji and Robert Zhao Renhui. Image Courtesy of Tao Hui. […]

  • The West Bund, Shanghai’s new art hub
    by Lucille Enel on November 12, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    The fourth edition of the West Bund Art Fair took place last week in Shanghai, welcoming 39 national and international galleries in its main section. At the same time, many galleries of the neighborhood were opening new shows, Shanghai Dandy group show at Don Gallery, Lu Pingyuan’s exhibition at MadeIn Gallery, Tang Dixin’s solo at Aike Gallery, Analia Saban at Qiao Space and more... Image courtesy: Na Buqi and Don Gallery.&nbs […]

  • About Zhang Ding’s “Devouring Time”
    by Lucille Enel on October 27, 2017 at 8:09 am

    At the occasion of the exhibition ICON at galerie Krinzinger, where Zhang Ding's work "Devouring Time- Dinnerware" is exhibited along a very important work related to the Fluxus movement, let's get back to Zhang Ding's work "Devouring time" which was exhibited for the first time last year at RAM in Shanghai. […]

  • Donation of a work by Hao Liang to the Centre Pompidou
    by Lucille Enel on September 30, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Thanks to the Chinese collector Wang Bin, a work by the artist Hao Liang is now part of Centre Pompidou permanent collection. In fact, the Chinese collector Wang Bin donated the work "Passage from Xian to Ghost" by Hao Liang to the French modern art museum this September. […]


  • Straight Outta Compton star Jason Mitchell gets gritty in Netflix drama Mudbound
    by USA TODAY on November 17, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Jason Mitchell is a long way from Compton. Since breaking hearts two years ago as AIDS-stricken rapper Eazy-E in N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, the affable newcomer has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actors, dexterously moving between comedy (Keanu), action (Kong: Skull Island) and drama (Detroit). But with Mudbound (streaming on Netflix on Friday), Mitchell, 30, gets his most powerful showcase yet as Ronsel Jackson, a second world war veteran who returns... […]

  • Amber Heard was warned coming out as bisexual would ruin her career. Her response? ‘Watch me’
    by New York Daily News on November 16, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Amber Heard was told to choose between her bisexuality and her career. The Aquaman star, most recently seen in Justice League , told Allure that people warned her to stay in the closet if she wanted to pursue acting. “Everyone told me: ‘You cannot do this.’ I had played opposite Nicolas Cage [in one movie], and in another I was playing opposite Johnny [Depp],” she said. “And everyone said, ‘You’re throwing it all away. You can’t do this to your... […]

  • Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (November 16-22), from Sicilian Ghost Story to Justice League
    by Edmund Lee on November 16, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Click on film titles to read SCMP.com reviews 1. Sicilian Ghost Story A true-life horror story surrounding the kidnap and murder of an 11-year-old Sicilian boy by the mafia becomes a genre-bending masterpiece in the hands of co-directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, who lend a touch of the supernatural into their deeply poetic and melancholy fable. (Opens on November 18) 2. The Great Buddha+ For his feature debut, Taiwanese documentary director Huang Hsin-yao turns his focus to the... […]

  • Film review: Justice League – Batman, Wonder Woman lead DC superheroes in passable ensemble outing
    by James Mottram on November 15, 2017 at 7:45 am

    3/5 stars If you’re a DC Comics fan, then Justice League is presumably the film you’ve been waiting for. It’s the occasion for Batman, Wonder Woman and several other DC superheroes to finally unite on screen – a spandex-clad response to Marvel’s The Avengers. It’s also the chance for director Zack Snyder to rescue his reputation, after Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice got crushed by critics. In the end, he earns a pass with the... […]

  • Film review: Real – South Korean heartthrob Kim Soo-hyun loses himself in interminable action thriller
    by James Marsh on November 15, 2017 at 4:01 am

    1/5 stars Ambitious, misguided and altogether lacking in a coherent vision, Real is the first feature film directed by South Korean Lee Sa-rang, credited on-screen as “Love Lee”. Judging by the results here, it could be his last. The plot revolves around a charismatic gangster (Kim Soo-hyun, from the hit TV series My Love from the Star), whose efforts to launch a luxury casino complex are complicated by rival crime networks and a mysterious doppelgänger. A fiercely addictive... […]


  • What the Penang floods say about Malaysian politics (and it’s not just about climate change)
    by Ooi Kee Beng on November 15, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Extreme weather hits most places on Earth every now and then, and recently more than ever. But when freak storms appear with an intensity stronger and more devastating than living memory can recall, it is wise to conclude that we should not take blue skies and cooling rainfalls for granted. More obviously, governments should begin thinking very seriously about how the effects of dramatic climatic change can be mitigated at the most local level. If there is any lesson to be learned from the... […]

  • This is no Minsky moment: here’s the real reason China’s top central banker is ringing the alarm bell
    by Tom Holland on November 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Credit in China has been expanding far too quickly, according to a new warning issued last week. The result is excessive debt, asset price bubbles, and complex hidden risks that pose a major systemic danger to the world’s second largest economy. This is hardly the first warning we’ve heard about the build-up of financial leverage in China. Supra-national organisations like the International Monetary Fund and the Bank for International Settlements have sounded the alarm repeatedly.... […]

  • Forget the Xi-Trump bromance, it’s time the US came clean on its vision for China and Asia
    by Cary Huang on November 11, 2017 at 8:33 am

    The foreign trips of American presidents often serve as defining moments for their administrations. And now is a particularly telling time for President Donald Trump to visit Asia-Pacific. As he tours Southeast and Northeast Asia, with stops in traditional US allies Japan, South Korea and the Philippines as well as sometime rivals China and Vietnam, it is high time for him to articulate a clear US strategy for engaging the region. The trip, Trump’s second major foray abroad, after his... […]

  • Analysis: China’s success is tied to its relationship with the US despite what you may read
    by Wang Xiangwei on November 11, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Just days after President Xi Jinping emerged as a much more powerful leader from the Communist Party’s 19th congress last month, US president Donald Trump commented on Xi’s ascendancy to power in a television interview and observed “some people might call him king of China”. So it is interesting to see that after landing in Beijing on Wednesday, Trump and his entourage were whisked straight to the sprawling Forbidden City complex where Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan were... […]

  • Opinion: Asean turns 50? Wake me up when it’s over
    by Karim Raslan on November 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Asean, meet Donald Trump. Donald Trump, meet Asean. Who will prevail in an encounter between the Great Disruptor and the world’s most boring and protocol-conscious regional grouping? I’m not betting on Trump. Attending an Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting is like trying to walk backwards through molten palm sugar. After a while, you just give up and go with the flow … even Rodrigo “Dirty Harry” Duterte has had to behave in the face of Asean’s... […]


WORLD – 世界新闻

  • Ousted vice-president returns to Zimbabwe as Robert Mugabe tries to cling to power
    by Agence France-Presse on November 17, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Zimbabwe’s former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking last week triggered the military’s takeover, has returned to the country, an aide said Friday as ageing leader Robert Mugabe clung onto power. Mnangagwa, who is a leading candidate to succeed to President Mugabe, flew back to Harare on Thursday after nearly a week abroad as army chiefs and the president met to negotiate Mugabe’s exit from office. The 93-year-old president has refused to resign, sources... […]

  • Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina dies after murderous career at the helm of Sicilian underworld
    by Agence France-Presse on November 17, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Former “boss of bosses” Toto Riina, one of the most feared godfathers in the history of the Sicilian mafia, died early on Friday after battling cancer, Italian media reported. Riina, who had been serving 26 life sentences and is thought to have ordered more than 150 murders, had been in a medically-induced coma after his health deteriorated following two operations. The mobster, who turned 87 on Thursday, died in the prisoners’ wing of a hospital in Parma in northern Italy... […]

  • Tesla Roadster: Elon Musk boasts new US$250,000 sports car will be world’s fastest – and have 1,000km range
    by Bloomberg on November 17, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Tesla is resurrecting the Roadster. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk surprised the crowd gathered Thursday for the electric-car maker’s debut of its Semi truck with a next-generation version of the company’s first model. The billionaire boasted that the car will be available in 2020 as the fastest production car ever made, getting from zero to 95 kilometres per hour in 1.9 seconds. “The point of doing this is to just give a hard core smackdown to gasoline cars,” Musk... […]

  • Senators demand Jared Kushner deliver emails about ‘Russian back-door overture’ and WikiLeaks messages
    by The Washington Post on November 17, 2017 at 6:12 am

    President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, received and forwarded emails about a “Russian back-door overture and dinner invite” during last year’s campaign that he kept from Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, according to lawmakers demanding that he produce the missing records. Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and ranking Democratic member Dianne Feinstein sent a letter on Thursday to Abbe Lowell, Kushner’s lawyer, stating that Kushner had failed... […]

  • In London, Buddhist kung fu nuns show how they are teaching Indian woman to fight off sexual predators
    by Thomson Reuters Foundation on November 17, 2017 at 5:16 am

    Buddhist nuns swapped their maroon robes for black belts on Thursday, performing somersaults, high kicks, splits and punches to demonstrate how they are using Kung Fu to empower women in the conservative Himalayas. The two nuns – from an age-old Buddhist sect based mainly in India and Nepal – not only raised eyebrows with their martial arts expertise, but also impressed spectators for their commitment to teaching women in India self defence amid rising reports of sex crimes. “... […]