Chinese outbound investment requires facilitation to overcome the headwinds Despite the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, China's outbound direct investment remained relatively stable in 2020. However, with the novel coronavirus affecting international investment cooperation, and many countries tightening their foreign investment policies－major European economies and the United States have stepped up their security reviews of potential foreign investments with the blatant intention of targeting Chinese capital-Chinese ODI is expected to decrease by 5 to 10 percent this year, which might be increased in 2022. Although Chinese ODI produces win-win results－for instance, in a survey carried out by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade in 2020, 35.3 percent of respondents said Chinese companies hire more than two-thirds of their employees locally－Chinese businesses also face compliance challenges when going international. A survey of nearly 1,000 businesses by the … [Read more...] about Support for going global
Pressures of heart chambers
Spiked time Source: Joseph Mazur “I could watch my nails grow during the hour that seemed like five, waiting for a doctor to come back to the emergency room with results of my X-ray,” said a friend who had just taken a troubling fall on black ice. Time for hospital patients gets muddled, often wildly. It spins rapidly in overnight hospital stays where interrupted sleep confuses the body clock circadian synchronization but slows down even in a doctor's waiting room. There are peripheral impacts, where impressions of time passing depend on a host of external stimuli creating thoughts of what just happened and of what might happen next. There are contexts, practices, experiences, and biasing effects. Recovering from any illness in a hospital often skews any sense of time toward the dreamlike impression of being on hospital time, as if it is the time passing in another universe. That kind of time prevails, even under a relatively weak medication tablet such as Tylenol. It … [Read more...] about Not All Times Are Alike
Vin Diesel has credited the late Paul Walker for the decision to cast John Cena as Jakob Toretto, the long-lost brother of Vin Diesel's character Dom, in the upcoming sequel Fast & Furious 9 . While this will be the ninth installment of the long-running Fast and Furious franchise, Cena's character has never appeared before now, and as such a major character, there was a lot of pressure on Diesel and the F9 team to ensure the right person was cast. Speaking about putting John Cena in the role at a recent press conference, Diesel told the story of exactly how the WWE Superstar was cast. From his point of view, it all comes down to a certain feeling Diesel got when he saw Cena that made him feel like Walker "sent him in." As Diesel explains: RELATED: F9 Director Teases the Return of Hobbs & Shaw in the Fast and Furious Franchise "I remember once we started getting closer to production, Justin (Lin) and I would talk about how harrowing it would be to actually … [Read more...] about Vin Diesel Believes Paul Walker Sent in John Cena as Dom’s Brother in F9
Earlier this year, I was commissioned to investigate the linguistics of punning and humor by a major online fast food vendor. The unexpected source of this commission derived from TV ads, that were being aired in the UK on behalf of JUST EAT. The TV ads, which featured funny takes on famous tunes like Bonnie Tyler’s 1980 power ballad ‘I Need a Hero’ – re-worked as ‘I Need a Balti ‘– have helped the company hit 200m sales. But as an unexpected bonus, they have also sparked a competition to see who can come up with their own funniest titles. The company has received hundreds of puns via social media and has set up its own hashtag. They received so many that they started a competition giving vouchers to the most innovative entries. Here are the top ten: 1. Take me down to the jumbo prawn city, where the veg is green and the grills are sticky – Guns n Roses In response, JUST EAT asked me to analyze what makes a successful musical pun. And I even got to spend a day doing radio … [Read more...] about Is It Too Late to Say Balti?