Little damage as Merbok skirts Hong kong

Hong Kong has escaped any serious effects after the first storm of the typhoon season passed just east of the territory.

Merbok made landfall over Mirs Bay shortly before midnight and weakened into a tropical storm.

The Observatory says it will drop the Number 8 signal to Number 3 shortly.

There have been heavy rains and winds in excess of 100 kilometres per hour, causing over a dozen trees to topple, but so far no reports of serious damage.

Over 200 people made use of 22 temporary shelters opened in various districts.

Dozens of flights have been cancelled and hundreds delayed as a result of the storm. Travellers have been urged to check their flight details before departing for the airport.

The government says several people have sought medical assistance at public hospitals, but it’s unclear if their injuries are related to the storm.

Nifco to sell Japan Times to PR firm News2u Holdings

Nifco Inc agreed Monday to sell all shares in its wholly owned English-language newspaper company The Japan Times Ltd to Tokyo-based public relations firm News2u Holdings Inc by the end of June.

Nifco is selling the daily for an undisclosed sum to focus on its core plastic automotive parts business. News2u, which distributes corporate news online, said that through the acquisition it hopes to “utilize our know-how in digital platforms and our group’s customer base to make The Japan Times fitter for the digital age.”

The publication of the newspaper is expected to continue under News2u. A News2u official said the company is not ready to announce any changes in the management of The Japan Times, but that the newspaper’s some 120 employees are expected to stay on.

Established in 1897, The Japan Times is the country’s oldest running English-language daily with a circulation of over 40,000 copies. In addition to publishing news articles in print and online, the daily also publishes books and a magazine.

Sales in recent years have fallen to half of their peak of about 5 billion yen ($45.3 million) due to a shrinking readership as more people get their news online, according to an official of Nifco, which made the newspaper its subsidiary in 1996.

News2u was founded in 2001 as an online corporate press release provider. In a statement on Monday, the company said that by tapping into The Japan Times’ know-how, it will develop an overseas information dispatch service for its corporate clients.

The Japan Times, which jointly publishes an English-language newspaper with The New York Times Co, is one of more than 50 news organizations that together finance Kyodo News, a nonprofit cooperative, with membership dues.


Racist, Cyberterrorist, Feminist Zoe Quinn aka Chelsea Van Valkenburg strikes again!

Zoe Quin and company engaged in a racist cyberterrorist campaign against a black american woman in 2016

Independent game developer Tim Soret revealed his sci-fi video game, The Last Night, to widespread acclaim and praise Sunday at E3, the biggest gaming event of the year. Combining 3D and retro-pixel graphics, the game’s “post-cyberpunk” aesthetics impressed gamers and game developers alike, who shared their excitement across social media.

But not everyone is happy about the attention his game is getting. Leading the brigade to ruin Soret’s reputation is Zoe Quinn, the queer feminist activist “game developer” who once lobbied for the United Nations to censor free speech on the Internet to prevent “cyberviolence.”

Infamous for catalyzing the GamerGate debacle in 2014, Quinn publicly castigated Soret and his project over his decision to stand against progressive, social justice ideology. Soret previously made statements critical of feminism and outrage culture, and expressed his disdain for identity politics.

He once tweeted: “People who blame art and entertainment for society’s ills are always on the wrong side of history.”

A professional victim by trade, Quinn even went so far as to accuse Soret of personally trying to ruin her life, and vowed to “never let go” of her hatred against anyone who opposes her ideology.


In describing The Last Night several years ago, Soret declared his intention to create a cyberpunk world in which modern feminism won, instead of egalitarianism.

“I find it interesting to show the danger of extreme progressivism, in the background of the game, the characters, and the story,” wrote Soret. “Finally, we’ll have another take on the cyberpunk oppression instead of Big Brother/1984/HAL/big companies. What if the surveillance, bullying, marginalization won’t come from governments but from the Internet?”

Clearly, such a game doesn’t jive well with social justice warriors whose only interest in the video game medium is to promote progressive ideology—and they’re out for blood due to Zoe Quinn’s klaxon call, with an avalanche of retweets promoting anger against him.


Gamers uninterested in or ignorant of Zoe Quinn’s manufactured drama shared their praise for The Last Night, instead.


Given that Quinn’s only real foray into video games was to the creation of a controversial text-based choose-your-own-adventure story about depression, it’s no surprise that she would be upset by the amount of positive attention Soret’s game is receiving. Her jealousy couldn’t be more evident.

Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.