Chinese Activists Challenge Beijing by Going to Dinner; Over Unassuming Meals Members of Civic Group Try to Lay Groundwork for Democratizing China

Chinese Activists Challenge Beijing by Going to Dinner

Over Unassuming Meals Members of Civic Group Try to Lay Groundwork for Democratizing China

JOSH CHIN

Nov. 6, 2013 1:14 p.m. ET

BEIJING—A new crop of grass-roots activists is vexing China’s authoritarian government by organizing around a simple event: dinner. On the last weekend of every month, government critics gather for unassuming meals in as many as 20 cities across the country to discuss issues from failures in the legal system to unequal access to education. The gatherings are intentionally low-key, organizers say, but their overall goal—to lay the groundwork for democratizing China—isn’t. “It’s not illegal to eat dinner together,” says Zhang Kun, a 26-year-old former employee of an advertising company who started helping to organize the meals after meeting other activists online. “That’s our motto: Change China by eating.” Read more of this post

Autistic babies reduced their eye contact with people by 6 months of age, a finding that may lead to ways to identify the disorder earlier in life

Autistic Babies Reduce Eye Contact in Early Months

Babies later diagnosed with autism reduced their eye contact with people by 6 months of age, a finding that may lead to ways to identify the disorder earlier in life, researchers said. Almost 60 babies who were thought to be at high risk of autism were examined in the study, as were 51 babies considered at low risk, according to the report released today by the journal Nature. Later, 13 children were diagnosed with autism. While a lack of eye contact has been a hallmark of autism since the disease was first described, it’s not known exactly when it begins to occur, wrote study authors Warren Jones and Ami Klin, both of Emory University in Atlanta. Today’s report suggests that while newborns don’t initially show any difference in looking directly at people’s eyes, changes occur from 2 months to 6 months of age. Babies who had the steepest declines in eye contact tended to have the most severe autism. Read more of this post

Beer Gives Model for Legal Canada Marijuana, Sleeman Says

Beer Gives Model for Legal Canada Marijuana, Sleeman Says

Canada could use the beer industry as a model if it ever decides to legalize and tax marijuana, according to the founder of the nation’s third-largest brewer. John Sleeman of Sleeman Breweries Ltd. said rules imposed after Prohibition transformed a crime-ridden industry into one that pays high taxes, helps battle social problems such as drunk driving and accounts for almost 1 percentage point of gross domestic product. While not advocating the move, he said in an interview in the Bloomberg News Ottawa bureau that the model could be applied to pot. Read more of this post

How to Become the CEO of Your Career; “Instead of thinking about being a champion of a career, I’d think about just being a champion of your life.”

How to Become the CEO of Your Career

Nov 04, 2013 Executive Education Human Resources North America

Women who seek leadership roles in business often face the prospect, whether real or perceived, of having to choose between nurturing their careers or building a robust family and personal life. The publication in March of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, inspired a renewed debate about feminism. It suggested in a strong, if controversial, fashion that women can have it all. Read more of this post

Billionaire’s Gallery Serves as Haven for Dissident Chinese Art

Billionaire’s Gallery Serves as Haven for Dissident Chinese Art

Judith Neilson weaves through the lunchtime crowd at the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney and pauses before what appears to be a large pile of building rubble spread across the floor.

“Watch closely,” she instructs. 

The mound of dirt, concrete and wood gently rises and falls — as if breathing. Created in 2009 by Shanghai-born Xu Zhen, “Calm” aims to convey that people in the Middle East have been buried under stereotypes as well as debris from bombings, Bloomberg Markets will report in its Billionaires Issue in December. Read more of this post

New York exhibit explores first global market: textiles

New York exhibit explores first global market: textiles

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By Ellen Freilich

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Four centuries of textiles from Asia, Europe and the Americas are the focus of a new exhibition that explores the world’s first truly global market – textiles. “Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800,” which runs through January 5 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, features 134 works, including wall hangings, bed covers, tapestries, church vestments, pieces of seating furniture, costumes, paintings and drawings. Read more of this post

Investors Cool to 2 Chinese Bank Offerings Anhui Huishang Bank and Bank of Chongqing; “The stand-alone financial profiles of many L.G.F.V.’s are very weak”

NOVEMBER 6, 2013, 6:49 AM

Investors Cool to 2 Chinese Bank Offerings

By NEIL GOUGH

Two Chinese banks that sold nearly $2 billion worth of shares in Hong Kong stock market listings received lukewarm receptions on Wednesday from investors concerned about how China’s financial system would cope with a potential deluge of bad debt that could swamp the country’s economy. The Huishang Bank Corporation, a regional banking group based in eastern Anhui Province, priced its initial public offering at the bottom end of the marketed range on Wednesday, raising 9.2 billion Hong Kong dollars, or $1.19 billion, according to two people with knowledge of the deal, who declined to be identified because the information was not yet public. Also on Wednesday, shares of Bank of Chongqing closed down slightly on their first day of trading in Hong Kong after the company raised 4.2 billion dollars in a share sale. Read more of this post

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