Hong Kong posts 1.9pc in third quarter growth

Hong Kong’s economy grew by 1.9 percent in the third quarter, picking up pace from 1.7 percent growth in the previous quarter.
On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, real GDP expanded further by 0.6 percent in the third quarter, following the 1.5 percent growth in the preceding quarter, the Government said.



Gov’t aims to draw more foreign tourists to national parks




The Environment Ministry will introduce new measures to draw more foreign tourists to Japan’s eight national parks by 2020, when the country will host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, ministry sources said Saturday.

The new measures include tours to areas that are currently off limits in Lake Akan in Hokkaido, known for its population of marimo balls of green algae, and improvements to cycling roads in the prairie of the Aso-Kuju National Park, which straddles Kumamoto and Oita prefectures.

The ministry currently does not allow tours to Akan National Park, where marimo can be found clustered in the lake. But the ministry plans to allow small groups for canoeing and trekking tours with a guide, according to the sources.

The ministry will also bury overhead power lines on cycling roads in the Aso-Kuju park so riders can have more beautiful views and allow tourists to observe colonies of rare flowers and watch terrain which has been affected by natural disasters such as major earthquakes in Kumamoto in April.

The plan to draw more tourists to the eight parks is part of the ministry’s efforts to take the number of foreign visitors to national parks to 10 million in 2020, more than double the present number.

It has earmarked a total of 20 billion yen ($187.4 million) in the second supplementary budget for fiscal 2016 through March, which was approved at parliament last month, and a draft full-year budget for fiscal 2017.

The ministry is also considering asking visitors to bear some of the cost of environmental conservation, the sources said.

Free book in Toronto: Goal of jihad to make Allah’s word the highest

Recently the Muslims at Dundas Square offer for passerby free copies of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims, accompanied with a modern interpretation of its verses.

The sticker on the back of the book reads the following:

“The Quranic definition of’ God “Say: He (God) is Allah, The One and Only; Allah, The Eternal, Absolute, He neither begets nor is born; And there is none comparable unto Him.”(Quran 112 :1- 4) Walk-In Islamic InfoCenter ‘2535-1 Dundas street west, Toronto ON MSG 1Z3, Canada (647) 994-6807 & (647) 782-2303 Email: info@collectfreequran.org Facebook: WalkInIslamicInfoCentor (Learn. Islam in 85 languages www.collectfreequran.orq

CIJnews has recently obtained a copy of this book entitled “The Quran” (Saheeh International). The book explains the Islamic Law based on the Quran and Sunnah (narrations about Mohammad’s sayings and deeds) regarding the fighting (jihad) against disbelievers, enforcing of a poll-tax on Jews and Christians who live under the rule of the Islamic State, taking non-Muslims women as sex-slaves during war, wife beating under certain conditions, punishing those of wage war against Islam by execution, crucifixion and amputation, condemning sodomy as an “evil” act and executing married men and women who were convicted of fornication by stoning them to death.

The following is an excerpt from the chapter “Frequently Asked Questions about Islam”:

“Q: What does Jihad mean — linguistically and practically?

“A: Jihad linguistically means the process of ‘exerting the best efforts,’ involving some form of ‘struggle’ and ‘resistance’ to achieve a particular goal. In the Qur’an this word has been used in different connotations —entailing to struggle in the way of God, verbally, monetarily and physically. In the context of war, the Qur’an legislates the performance of Jihad in order to make His word the highest in the land, defend or establish the religion, remove oppression from weak men, women and children and to remove turmoil and corruption. A point to note — there are strict laws governing the engagement of the enemy and the treatment of prisoners of war— all of which was laid down by God and demonstrated by His Prophet.”

The following are excerpts from the book presenting Quranic verses followed by modern interpretation: