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A Hong Kong Newspaper on a Mission to Promote China’s Soft Power

A Hong Kong Newspaper on a Mission to Promote China’s Soft Power HONG KONG — On a recent afternoon, the staff of The South China Morning Post, a 114-year-old newspaper, gathered around roast suckling pig in their lavish new headquarters in Hong Kong to celebrate a remarkable turnaround.
Readership has been surging. The Post has launched new digital products and added dozens of journalists. After more than a decade of decline and editorial chaos, the newsroom now buzzes like a tech start-up, with table tennis and an in-house pub serving free craft beer.
The revival began with The Post's acquisition two years ago by the Alibaba Group, the Chinese technology and retail giant. But if Alibaba is breathing new life into the paper, it has also given it a new mission: improving China’s image overseas and combating what it sees as anti-Chinese bias in the foreign media.
In effect, Alibaba has taken Hong Kong’s English-language paper of record since the days of British rule and put it on th..

Fatal Tesla Crash Raises New Questions About Self-Driving System

Supported by Business Day Fatal Tesla Crash Raises New Questions About Self-Driving System Photo Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system, shown here in 2015, is coming under new scrutiny after a fatal crash on March 23 in California occurred while the Autopilot feature was engaged. Credit Beck Diefenbach/Reuters In the fall of 2016, Tesla beamed new software over the air to cars on the road in the United States and elsewhere that added safeguards to its Autopilot system to prevent drivers from looking away from the road or keeping their hands off the steering wheel for long periods of time.
The move came in the wake of a crash in Florida in which an Ohio man died when his Model S sedan hit a tractor-trailer while Autopilot was engaged. Federal investigators found that the driver’s hands had been on the steering wheel for only a few seconds in the minute before the crash.
When the upgrades were released, Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, said the new Autopilot system was “really g..

Samuel Belzberg, Corporate Raider in Family Dynasty, Dies at 89

Supported by Obituaries Samuel Belzberg, Corporate Raider in Family Dynasty, Dies at 89 Photo Samuel Belzberg in his office at First City Financial in Vancouver in 1986. He and two brothers founded the company and later expanded it through aggressive corporate takeovers. Credit Canadian Press Samuel Belzberg, a feared corporate raider of the 1980s who perfected the contentious practice known as greenmail to build one of Canada’s foremost family dynasties, then reinvented himself as a successful private-equity investor, died on Friday night in a hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was 89.
He had suffered a stroke, his daughter Wendy Belzberg said in confirming the death.
Apart from his business career, Mr. Belzberg, who lived in Vancouver, was widely known for his philanthropy devoted to Jewish causes, among them the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to Holocaust research and education. He was its founding chairman.

‘Like a Dream’: Malala Makes an Emotional Visit to Her Pakistani Hometown

‘Like a Dream’: Malala Makes an Emotional Visit to Her Pakistani Hometown Photo Malala Yousafzai, center, and her family visited her former home in Mingora, Pakistan, on Saturday. Credit Abdullah Sherin/Associated Press ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for girls’ education and the world’s youngest Nobel laureate, visited her hometown in Pakistan on Saturday for the first time since the Taliban attempted to assassinate her in 2012.
Her return under heavy security to the city of Mingora in the Swat Valley — a former Taliban stronghold — was a deeply emotional moment for Ms. Yousafzai and her family.
“I wish to be in Swat, to be among you and serve you,” Ms. Yousafzai said with tears in her eyes as she met with former schoolmates and relatives at her old family house. “It is still like a dream for me to be among you,” she said, her voice quavering.
Ms. Yousafzai’s visit reflected how Pakistan has changed and how it hasn’t since the attempt on her life more th..

Laura Ingraham Takes a Week Off as Advertisers Drop Her Show

Supported by Media Laura Ingraham Takes a Week Off as Advertisers Drop Her Show Photo The Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Wednesday shared an article about David Hogg, a Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor, being rejected from several colleges and accused him of whining about it. Credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Fox News host Laura Ingraham announced on Friday that she was taking a week off following the decision of several companies to pull advertising from her show after she ridiculed a student survivor of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.
“I’ll be off next week for Easter break with my kids. But fear not, we’ve got a great lineup of guest hosts to fill in for me,” Ms. Ingraham said on her show, “The Ingraham Angle.”
In response to an email, Fox News said that Ms. Ingraham’s break was a “preplanned vacation with her kids.”
The dispute began on Wednesday, when Ms. Ingraham shared an article about how the student, David Hogg, 17, had been rejected from several colleges, a..

Businesses are in danger of failing to prepare for something more than 'damage limitation Brexit'

Brexit offers the UK a chance to open new trade corridors, cut service sector based deals, and develop a new global identity. But these ambitions can only take off if we adopt a far bolder approach
Do you remember when we heard “Brexit means Brexit” or when we were offered a “red, white and blue Brexit”? Well with one year to go, I think business is in danger of failing to prepare for something beyond a “damage limitation Brexit”.
Of course we need to mitigate against the risks. Companies need to review workforce strategies, re-engineer supply chains and prepare for regulatory changes. Equally the public sector needs to build and staff giant new systems on both sides of the channel. These are huge challenges.
But unless we take more fundamental action, Brexit will create an economic headwind and UK innovation could spend the next 31 months stalling.
Read more UK businesses are not educating themselves on what Brexit could mean We are already seeing our clients question whether ..