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Sunday, January 22, 2012»

Guardian Letters: Rethinking capitalism in a spivs' paradise

1/22/2012 9:00:00 PM GMT
David Cameron believes he is on a crusade to drive a new "moral capitalism" (Report, 19 January). He should read Will Hutton on stakeholder capitalism and look to Germany, where employee representatives engage in corporate decision-making including levels of executive pay, local banks provide long-term support to business, apprenticeships remain common, stakeholders include suppliers and distributors, and community engagement stems from a responsibility to protect the interests of all employees.

Guardian Boom time in Beijing

1/22/2012 8:59:00 PM GMT
There was a minor riot in Beijing last week. The Apple store was attacked. Its offence? Not being willing to sell sufficient numbers of the iPhone 4S. Buyers had queued all night and things turned ugly when it became clear that many of those in line had not the faintest idea what an iPhone was. They belonged to teams hired by middlemen who knew that every handset bought was resaleable for an additional £100. The teams of tech-unsavvy people were identifiable to each other by homemade armbands, and when the store staff realised what was happening, they suspended sales. That was when the eggs started flying. In London they riot to steal things. In Beijing, they riot because they cannot buy them.

Bloomberg China Snow From Xinjiang to Coast Snarls World’s Biggest Human Migration

1/22/2012 4:01:00 PM GMT
Heavy snow and rain that pummeled a swath of China extending from central Asia to the coast will continue into today, disrupting transport as the Lunar New Year holiday spurs the world’s biggest annual human migration.

Guardian New year firework frenzy to send Beijing pollution readings rocketing

1/22/2012 12:33:04 PM GMT
The Beijing government has started informing the public about a hazardous form of air pollution as the population gears up for a new year firework frenzy that will see the skies filled with chemicals and particulates on Sunday night.

Reuters Man dies of bird flu in southwest China: Xinhua

1/22/2012 11:42:05 AM GMT
A man in southwest China died of bird flu on Sunday after three days of intensive care treatment in hospital, the official Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry of Health as saying.

AP China reports second bird flu death in a month

1/22/2012 9:53:04 AM GMT
China's health ministry says the country has suffered its second bird flu death in a month.

AP Buffett sings in video for China's New Year gala

1/22/2012 5:50:04 AM GMT
A hugely popular Chinese Lunar New Year variety show has a special guest star playing the ukulele: American billionaire Warren Buffett.

Guardian Beijing releases pollution data after public pressure

1/22/2012 4:44:03 AM GMT
Environmental authorities in Beijing, China's notoriously smoggy capital, have started releasing more detailed pollution data in response to public pressure.

AP Beijing releases pollution data; US figures higher

1/22/2012 2:16:04 AM GMT
Caving to public pressure, Beijing environmental authorities started releasing more detailed air quality data Saturday that may better reflect how bad the Chinese capital's air pollution is. But one expert says measurements from the first day were low compared with data U.S. officials have been collecting for years.

Guardian The idea that we love our cities should not be surprising

1/22/2012 12:04:01 AM GMT
Urban theorists reassure us of the benefits of city living, such as lower per capita carbon emissions compared to rural life. The title of an influential book by Edward Glaeser says it all: Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier.
Saturday, January 21, 2012»

Guardian How the rise of the megacity is changing the way we live

1/21/2012 10:52:03 PM GMT
Amid a clutter of 24-hour arc lights, gigantic cranes and dumper trucks, a behemoth is rising out of a field of churned mud on the outskirts of Chengdu in south-west China. Commuters skirt its vast perimeter fence on their way to the new metro link that cuts under the city. They barely glance at what looks like just another huge construction project in a cityscape that changes every month.

AP Beijing releases key air pollution data

1/21/2012 9:20:00 AM GMT
Caving to public pressure, Beijing environmental authorities started releasing more detailed air quality data Saturday that may better reflect how bad the Chinese capital's air pollution is.

AP Beijing starts releasing key air pollution data

1/21/2012 8:28:01 AM GMT
Beijing has started releasing hourly readings for key air quality data that are expected to better indicate the extent of the city's air pollution.
Friday, January 20, 2012»

Bloomberg Asia Stocks Gain for Fifth Week, Register Longest Winning Streak in Year

1/20/2012 11:30:05 PM GMT
Asian stocks rose for a fifth week, the regional benchmark’s longest winning streak in a year, as U.S. economic reports showed the world’s biggest economy is recovering and falling European borrowing costs signaled the debt crisis may be easing.

Bloomberg AsiaInfo Surges Most Since August on Buyout Proposal From Government Fund

1/20/2012 9:47:04 PM GMT
AsiaInfo-Linkage Inc. (ASIA), a telecommunications software provider whose largest customer is China’s biggest wireless carrier, surged the most in five months in the U.S. after receiving a buyout proposal from a state-owned private-equity fund at a premium to its stock price.
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