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Courtyard by Marriott Zhengzhou Airport Celebrates Grand Opening

New Intuitively Designed Hotel Opens Near Zhengzhou Airport to Meet the Needs of Busy Global Travelers ZHENGZHOU, China, Dec. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Marriott International today announced the opening of the 270-room Courtyard by Marriott Zhengzhou Airport. With the prestigious international name of brand, Courtyard by Marriott Zhengzhou Airport will welcome business and leisure guests from all over the world by warm and dedicated services, facilities with convenient, and utmost comfort. Hotel exterior Courtyard by Marriott Zhengzhou Airport is located within Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone, the nation's first airport economy comprehensive pilot project integrating aviation, high-speed and inter-city rail, subway, and highways. The hotel is a mere 5 minute drive from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport, and a short walk from the subway. This exceptional location guarantees hotel guests exclusive tranquility in the midst of a flourishing metropolis. "We are delighted to welcome the opening of Courtyard by Marriott Zhengzhou Airport, increase the Courtyard by Marriott hotels to two in Zhengzhou." said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand & Marketing, Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. "Courtyard by Marriott has become a very popular brand in China and is expanding rapidly. Zhengzhou is an important economic center and transportation hub in central China. The launch of Courtyard by Marriott Zhengzhou Airport accelerates the brand's expansion pace in 2nd and 3rd tier cities, and will help enlarge our brand market territory in China." "Zhengzhou is a historical destination with a wealth of cultural heritage and natural sceneries," says Mr. Alex Han, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Zhengzhou Airport. "Our hotel is honored to be the first and only international hotel that managed by Marriott in the airport zone so far. We will adapt well to the lifestyle needs of both domestic and international guests." The hotel offers 270 spacious guestrooms designed to provide both comfort and functionality. With high-speed Internet and large working areas, the Courtyard guestrooms meet the needs of travelers from all walks of life. Guest room Guests are invited to explore unique food and beverage outlets on property. Pavilion, a chic and welcoming all-day dining restaurant, offers a wide range of international delicacies. The Lounge serves patrons and guests with a selection of seasonal tea, beers, wines, and cocktails, as well as a variety of delectable finger-foods. Hotel Lobby Being the first international hotel brand in the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone, Courtyard by Marriott Zhengzhou Airport is the ideal venue for all corporate and social events. The 1000-square-meters function space to suit events of various sizes. For more information, please visit www.courtyardzhengzhouairport.com. About Courtyard by Marriott Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests' needs for choice and control. With more than 1,100 locations in nearly 50 countries and territories, Courtyard is proud to participate in the industry's award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow @CourtyardHotels on Twitter and Instagram. About Marriott International Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,400 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 126 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram. Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20171216/2017098-1-a Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20171216/2017098-1-b Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20171216/2017098-1-c

Canada: Pharma billionaire and wife found dead in 'suspicious' case

Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of the billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex, Barry Sherman, and his wife, Honey, who were found dead in their Toronto mansion on Friday. The couple was found dead after police responded to a medical call just before noon local time at their home in an affluent section of north-east Toronto. “The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,” said police officer David Hopkinson. Homicide detectives later told reporters gathered outside the home that there were no signs of forced entry. Two bodies covered in blankets were removed from the home and loaded into an unmarked van on Friday evening. The property is listed for sale for nearly C$7m (£4bn/US$5.4m). Sherman, 75, founded privately held Apotex in 1974. He stepped down as chief executive in 2012 but remained as executive chairman. Forbes has estimated his net worth at $3.2bn. Apotex employs 11,000 people and is the world’s seventh largest generic drugmaker, according to its website. The Toronto mayor, John Tory, said he was “shocked and heartbroken” to learn of the deaths and noted the couple had made extensive contributions to the city. “Toronto police are investigating, and I hope that investigation will be able to provide answers for all of us who are mourning this tremendous loss,” he said. Other politicians echoed that sentiment. “I am beyond words right now,” said Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins. “My dear friends Barry and Honey Sherman have been found dead. Wonderful human beings, incredible philanthropists, great leaders in health care. A very, very sad day.” Apotex says it is the largest Canadian-owned pharmaceutical firm, with annual sales of more than C$2bn. It has operations in more than 45 countries, including the United States. (THE GUARDIAN)

UK Mother 'poisoned son to avoid trip to Syria with jihadi husband'

A mother repeatedly gave her son anti-psychotic drugs and poison in a desperate attempt to avoid being forced to travel to Syria by her jihadi husband, a court has heard. The 27-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, deliberately gave the medication to the boy to make him unwell over a period of six weeks between August and October 2015. On several occasions, while he was treated in hospital, she contaminated intravenous tubes used to administer antibiotics with an unknown noxious substance, believed to have been faeces or sink cleaner. The woman, from London, claimed she was seeking to keep the young boy in hospital because she believed he would be safer there, Kingston crown court was told. She was jailed for four years and six months on Friday after pleading guilty to eight charges, including administering a noxious substance to endanger life. Kate O’Raghallaigh, defending, said the woman had decided to deliberately make her son poorly after he spent time in hospital for an unrelated illness. She said she was in “total panic” and under pressure from her former husband to take her son to areas of Syria controlled by Islamic State. “That is how the idea came to life,” O’Raghallaigh told the court. “She began to realise that if she made him ill, the hospital would have to take him in. As long as he was admitted, so she thought, he was safe, perverse as that thought process was.” The boy, who was admitted to hospital on various occasions between 23 August and 29 October, suffered severe neurological symptoms and bacterial infections, and at one point fell into a coma. The bacteria that tests discovered in his blood are also found in the bowel and hospital sinks and drains. He has since recovered fully. The woman admitted one count of endangering life by administering olanzapine and four lesser counts of administering the anti-psychotic drug. She also pleaded guilty to three counts of administering an unknown noxious substance using a cannula while the boy was in hospital. She was caught when hospital staff noticed the boy’s condition would improve during the day and worsen again in the evening when his mother was present. His unexplained illness stopped when 24-hour nursing was introduced. Judge Peter Lodder QC said: “This was repeated behaviour. It was not isolated. “You knew that your son would have to undergo painful invasive procedures and on 29 October, what you gave your son was a potentially lethal dose.” He acknowledged that the woman had decided to pursue an extreme course of action to avoid what she perceived as the greater harm of travelling to Syria, but said she could have raised her concerns with hospital staff rather than persisting in making her son ill. “What you were inflicting on that young child threatened the very life you claim you were seeking to protect, and that must have become apparent to you,” Lodder said. (THE GUARDIAN)

Belt&Road

B&R by the Numbers: Belt and Road projects need language talents

Editor’s Note: This is the eighteenth installment of Belt and Road Portal's special series on the Belt and Road Big Data Report 2017. Although foreign language service providers have significantly increased, the supply of talents fluent in less commonly used languages still falls short of the demand of the Belt and Road Initiative, according to the Belt and Road Big Data Report 2017 published by the State Information Center. The foreign language service industry in China produced an output of 282.2 billion yuan (US$43 billion) in 2015, up 79 percent from that of 2011. But more than 60 percent of the language service agencies are concentrated in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong province. The strongest demand comes from the science and technology sector, cultural industry, IT, commerce and trade, medical care and chemical industry, finance and government affairs. About 95 percent of these agencies provide English-Chinese and Chinese-English translation services, the second and third most popular foreign languages are Japanese and French. Only 2.6 percent of the agencies provide less commonly used language translation services, which directly hinders the Chinese enterprises’ cooperation in the relevant regions. Experts point out China not only lacks less commonly used language talents, who are usually concentrated in certain special units, but also requires people who in addition also have professional skills. The report suggests that China should initiate a language capacity construction project under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, make a special plan to cultivate more talents of less commonly used languages, establish think tanks and data bases on languages, and continue to promote the use of Chinese language in countries along the Belt and Road routes. Higher education institutes should pay special attention to cultivating multi-disciplinary language talents, as well as Chinese language teachers for foreigners, the report says. Also, China can consider founding a Belt and Road language service network platform and a language big data sharing alliance to explore the added-value service mechanism of language big data. Last but not least, China should strengthen international language exchanges and cooperation with the countries along the Belt and Road routes, take the lead to host a Belt and Road international language expo with relevant countries, and play up the roles of Confucius Institutes, according to the report. (BELT AND ROAD PORTAL)

2017-12-15

Hong Kong ramps up role in Belt and Road Initiative

Hong Kong's participation in the Belt and Road Initiative passed a major milestone on Thursday as Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor inked an arrangement with the country's top economic planning body detailing Hong Kong-mainland cooperation under the global development plan. The arrangement, signed by the Hong Kong SAR government and the National Development and Reform Commission, covers four areas in which Hong Kong has an edge: financing and investment; infrastructure and shipping; economics and trade; and dispute resolution services. It also touches on people-to-people bonds and the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The central government will provide cooperation and support in 26 ways. Expressing her gratitude to the central government, Lam said in a statement that the measures listed in the arrangement would contribute to consolidation and upgrading of Hong Kong's role as an international financial, shipping and trade center. She added that it would also bring more service demands to Hong Kong, and benefit more young people in the city as development opportunities arise. Under the arrangement, the central government supports stakeholders in using Hong Kong as a financing platform for Belt and Road projects. The arrangement also makes clear that the central government supports Hong Kong's role as a global offshore renminbi market, a professional service provider for infrastructure projects and a hub for international dispute resolution. The central government's support for Hong Kong in developing green bonds and high-value-added shipping was also outlined. Cooperation on information, highways, railways, ports and airports will be intensified; so will Hong Kong's involvement in the greater bay area, the agreement said. In addition, both sides agreed to set up a conference system enabling regular and direct exchanges between the SAR government and the commission, the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office and other mainland authorities, to study matters related to Hong Kong's participation in the initiative. Lam said the SAR government would organize the first joint meeting in 2018 as soon as possible. It will be held at least once a year, the agreement said. In a statement issued after the signing ceremony, the commission said the arrangement accorded with the new outlook presented at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, as well as the vision outlined by President Xi Jinping during his visit to Hong Kong in July for the SAR's 20th anniversary. The commission said the arrangement would play a positive role in helping Hong Kong make full use of its unique advantages, strengthen its own competitiveness and explore new areas for development. Lam is on the second day of a three-day visit to Beijing. She is expected to meet Xi, Premier Li Keqiang and other State leaders to brief them on Hong Kong's economic, social and political developments. (CHINA DAILY)

2017-12-15