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Hong Kong protesters pause to mark September 11



HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong activists called off protests on Wednesday in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and denounced a Chinese state newspaper report that they were planning “massive terror” in the Chinese-ruled city.

Hong Kong has been rocked by months of sometimes violent unrest, prompted by anger over planned legislation to allow extraditions to China, but broadening into calls for democracy and for Communist rulers in Beijing to leave the city alone.

“Anti-government fanatics are planning massive terror attacks, including blowing up gas pipes, in Hong Kong on September 11,” the Hong Kong edition of the China Daily said on its Facebook page, alongside a picture of the hijacked airliner attacks on the twin towers in New York.

“The 9/11 terror plot also encourages indiscriminate attacks on non-native speakers of Cantonese and starting mountain fires.”

The post said “leaked information was part of the strategy being schemed by radical protesters in their online chat rooms”.

The former British colony of Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, including an independent legal system, triggering the anger over the extradition bill.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she will withdraw the bill but many Hong Kong residents fear Beijing is steadily eroding the autonomy of the Asian financial hub.

China denies meddling and has accused the United States, Britain and others of fomenting the unrest.

“We don’t even need to do a fact check to know that this is fake news,” said one protester, Michael, 24, referring to the China Daily post. “The state media doesn’t care about its credibility. Whenever something they claimed to have heard on WhatsApp or friends’ friends, they will spread it right away.”

The protesters called off action on Wednesday.

“In solidarity against terrorism, all forms of protest in Hong Kong will be suspended on Sept. 11, apart from potential singing and chanting,” they said in a statement.

The China Daily report was worrying, said another protester, Karen, 23. “When they try to frame the whole protest with those words, it alarms me,” she said. “They are predicting rather than reporting. I think people calling it off today is a nice move.”

Lam said in a speech on Wednesday that Hong Kong was grappling with significant challenges, from the trade dispute between China and the United States to the recent unrest.

“My fervent hope is that we can bridge our divide by upholding the one country, two systems principle, and the Basic Law, and through the concerted efforts of the government and the people of Hong Kong,” she told business leaders.

The Basic Law is Hong Kong’s mini-constitution.

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has become the biggest corporate casualty of the unrest after China demanded it suspend staff involved in, or who support, the protests.

Cathay Pacific said on Wednesday inbound traffic to Hong Kong in August fell 38% and outbound traffic 12% compared with a year earlier, and that it did not anticipate September to be any less difficult.

Joshua Wong, one of the prominent leaders of the 2014 “Umbrella” pro-democracy movement which brought key streets in Hong Kong to a standstill for 79 days, said in Berlin that the fight for democracy was an uphill battle.

“I hope one day not only Hong Kong people, but also people in mainland China, can enjoy freedom and democracy,” he said.

The protests spread to the sports field on Tuesday, as many football fans defied Chinese law to boo the national anthem ahead of a soccer World Cup qualifier against Iran.

Several peaceful protests are planned for the next few days, combining with celebrations marking the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Reporting by Jessie Pang, Farah Master, Jamie Freed and Michelle Martin in Berlin; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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Slideshow: New menu items from Burger King, Wendy’s, Buffalo Wild Wings | 2019-09-20




KANSAS CITY — The average U.S. consumer will eat 94.3 lbs of chicken in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To appeal to consumers’ palates for poultry, restaurants are offering new chicken dishes featuring innovative flavors, cooking methods and formats.

Caesar sauce elevates a new trio of chicken sandwiches from Burger King featuring 100% white meat seasoned chicken fillets. The Crispy Chicken Caesar Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Caesar Sandwich and Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwich are all served on potato buns and include lettuce, tomato, Caesar sauce, bacon and shaved Parmesan cheese.

Fiery flavors heat up the chicken in Wendy’s new Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad. Topped with spicy chicken breast, the salad features pepper jack cheese, diced tomatoes, matchstick carrots, and a mix of crispy onions and buffalo croutons on a blend of lettuce all topped with Marzetti Simply Dressed buffalo ranch dressing.

Buffalo Wild Wings is betting on beer and breading to draw consumers to its new hand-breaded chicken platform, which includes menu items beer-battered with Lagunitas IPA.

“The culinary team at Buffalo Wild Wings created eight beer-battered variations, ranging from lagers to wheat beers to India Pale Ales,” Buffalo Wild Wings said. “Ultimately, they held a blind taste test and landed on the Lagunitas IPA beer batter thanks to its balanced flavor. The higher alcohol volume in the IPA creates a unique coating and a hand-breaded chicken product that’s crispy on the outside, while remaining flavorful and juicy on the inside.”

Buffalo Wild Wings’ new chicken offerings include beer-battered chicken tenders and two new chicken sandwiches: The Southern Chicken Sandwich, featuring a beer-battered chicken breast with Swiss cheese, bacon aioli, Napa slaw and pickles served on a challah bun; and the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, featuring a beer-battered chicken breast smothered in Nashville hot sauce and topped with Napa slaw, Fresno chili peppers, ranch dressing and pickles served on a challah bun.

Sweet meets heat in new Flamin’ Honey MegaBites from Church’s Chicken, featuring all white meat chicken bites that are battered and breaded, cooked and tossed in a proprietary sweet and spicy seasoning made with Church’s honey.

“Chicken MegaBites offers all of the taste and crunch of our original chicken, but in a dip-able and portable size,” said Jennifer Chasteen, vice-president of brand strategy and activation for Church’s Chicken. “Our newest flavor creation, Flamin’ Honey MegaBites, delivers the sweet heat guests crave in every delicious bite.”

Boston Market is adding Asian flare to its traditional rotisserie chicken with the new Sesame Rotisserie Chicken. The bird is topped with a sweet and savory sesame glaze and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Chicken stars in a new sandwich and a new salad from Johnny Rockets. The Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich features a grilled or crispy chicken breast topped with melted cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and honey mustard served on a warm Bavarian pretzel bun. The Chicken Tender Wedge Salad contains crispy chicken tenders on a bed of iceberg wedges topped with diced tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles and applewood smoked bacon with bacon ranch dressing.

At Tropical Smoothie Cafe, smoky flavors enhance the poultry in the new Jerk Chicken Quesadilla, which includes grilled chicken, pineapple salsa, queso blanco and a smoked cheese blend with a side of roasted tomato salsa.

El Pollo Loco is offering new Fire-Grilled Combos, all featuring the chain’s citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken. Offerings include Chicken Taquitos with Guacamole, Chicken Nachos, Tacos al Carbon, the Classic Chicken Burrito and the Original Pollo Bowl.

Bourbon boosts the flavor profile of the new Hickory Bourbon Chicken Pizza from Pizza Inn. The pie features a ranch-based sauce layered with cheese, chicken, green peppers, tomatoes and onions with a drizzle of hickory bourbon sweet glaze.

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Business News – 20 Sept 2019



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