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China Bans Funeral Strippers
The Chinese government is in the news this week as the country's ministry of culture announces that they will "crack down on 'stripping' and other acts of illegal business performance market". The statement was released after controversial videos were circulated featuring paid strippers disrobing in front of parents and children at a Handan funeral - resulting in arrests and a $11,300 fine. (I know. This is a lot to process.) Apparently, funeral strippers have turned into quite a trend in both China and Taiwan, as the region's bereaved have been shelling out some serious cash to pay for strip shows that can go as long as two-and-a-half hours. According to Everett Zhang, assistant professor of East Asian Studies at Princeton University, funerals in the area are treated like one lavish party, celebrating with as many people as possible to ensure that their loved one is sent off properly to the afterlife. "In China, when the person who dies is very old and has lived a long life, this kind of occasion becomes purely a celebration." But why strippers?! According to China's official Xinhua news agency, strippers are hired "to attract more mourners," adding that these racy performances "add to the fun". Blame it on cultural difference, but I can see why something like this would deserve to be shut down. However, while Zhang sees where this situation could be problematic, he's particularly surprised at the bold measures the government is taking to put an end to it. "Local people would not be happy about the arrests. That would be really intrusive and offensive." So what do you think? Should the Chinese government be allowed to arrest and fine the bereaved hiring funeral strippers, or should it be left to the family's discretion? Let me know in the comments below, and for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection.
Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program & Benefits
About Antigua and Barbuda Antigua & Barbuda are twin islands that form their own country in the Caribbean Sea. In 1784, the British Royal Army claimed Antigua as a Navy base. The unbroken coral reef offered a protective barrier, while the warm winds and winding coastline offered comfort and safety. Upon declaring the country’s independence in 1981, the country became part of the British Commonwealth – formally the Commonwealth of Nations – with Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning monarch and a full member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Today, the tiny island of Barbuda is the nesting ground for thousands of birds. With its ever-gorgeous coral reef, Antigua is a destination for divers and explorers alike. The capital of the country, St John’s, is the island’s commercial centre. Collectively, Antigua and Barbuda boast about 365 beaches of clean turquoise waters and magnificent rainforests. The warm, welcoming breeze and beautiful vistas attract celebrities like Robert De Niro and Oprah Winfrey, who frequently visit the country. Tourism dominates the economy, accounting for more than half of the gross domestic product (GDP), which makes up around 60% of the country’s economy, and is the main industry. The economy of this country also benefits from solid financial services and agriculture sectors. As such, there are several programs and options offered to those interested in applying for their Antigua & Barbuda citizenship. Antigua is famous for its many luxury resorts as an ultra-high-end travel destination. Weakened tourist activity in the lower and middle market segments since early 2000 has slowed the economy, however, and squeezed the government into a tight fiscal corner. Antigua and Barbuda have enacted policies to attract high-net-worth citizens and residents, such as enacting a 0% personal income tax rate in 2019. Investment banking and financial services also make up an important part of the economy. Major world banks with offices in Antigua include the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Scotiabank. Financial-services corporations with offices in Antigua include PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Antigua and Barbuda also use an economic citizenship program to spur investment into the country. Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program & Benefits Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) were established following parliamentary assent to the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Regulations of 2014. The Regulations regarding Citizenship by Investment in Antigua and Barbuda are part of Section 6 of the Citizenship by Investment Act of 2014. This act allows the government of Antigua and Barbuda to grant citizenship to persons who qualify under the criteria set by parliamentary decisions. Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by investment is granted to qualified applicants within 4 to 5 months with no residency requirements. Once the applicant is granted citizenship, he/she becomes a citizen for life. After becoming a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, the applicants must visit the country for 5 days at any time during the first 5 years of citizenship. Requirements To qualify for citizenship, applicants need to undergo a strict due diligence process, in addition to contributing one of the two following channels: Non-refundable contribution to the National Development Fund (NDF) Purchase of real estate in a government-approved project AND payment of applicable government fees Requirements of Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by investment To qualify for citizenship, the main applicant must be over 18 years of age, meet the application requirements, and select one of the following four options available: The purchase of real estate with a minimum value of USD 200,000 from an approved real estate project. A contribution to the National Development Fund of a minimum non-refundable amount of USD 100,000 A contribution to the University of the West Indies of a minimum non-refundable amount of USD 150,000 Benefits of Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Antigua and Barbuda passport provides visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 150 destinations including Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK, and Europe's Schengen Area Applicants can include a spouse, dependent children under 31 (as well as their spouse and children), parents and grandparents aged 55 and over, and unmarried siblings of the main applicant. No residency requirement or interview to acquire citizenship, but a 5-day visit must be completed within the first 5 years of citizenship. Citizenship is granted for life and is irrevocable No tax obligation for non-residents Dual citizenship is allowed in Antigua & Barbuda Antigua And Barbuda Citizenship Investment Options Option 1: National Development Fund (NDF) – Non-Refundable The National Development Fund (NDF) is a non-profit fund that is subject to parliamentary oversight by way of a six-monthly report to be presented to Parliament in sufficient detail to allow for transparency and accountability. The fund will also be audited by an internationally recognised accounting firm. Donation (Up to 4 family members) USD 100,000 Donation (Family of 5+ members) USD 125,000 Single applicant Family of 4 Family of 5 or more Processing fees $30,000 $30,000 for a family of up to 4 persons $30,000 for a family of up to 4 persons with incremental payments of $15,000 for each additional dependent. Contribution $100,000 $100,000 $125,000 Due Diligence $7,500 $7,500 + $7,500 for spouse, $2,000 per dependent 12-17, $4,000 per dependent 18 and over $7,500 + $7,500 for spouse, $2,000 per dependent 12-17, $4,000 per dependent 18 and over Option 2: Real Estate Investment To qualify for citizenship under the real estate option, the government requires applicants to make an investment in designated, officially approved real estate with a value of at least US$ 400,000 plus the payment of government processing fees and due diligence fees. Single Applicant Family of 4 Family of 5 or more Processing fees $30,000 $30,000 for a family of up to 4 persons $30,000 for a family of up to 4 persons with incremental payments of $15,000 for each additional dependent. Option 1 $400,000.00 $400,000.00 $400,000.00 Option 2 – Single Investor $200,000.00 $200,000.00 $200,000.00 Due Diligence $7,500 $7,500 + $7,500 for spouse, $2,000 per dependent 12-17, $4,000 per dependent 18 and over $7,500 + $7,500 for spouse, $2,000 per dependent 12-17, $4,000 per dependent 18 and over Option 3: University of the West Indies Fund Option Antigua and Barbuda government announced in May 2020, a reduction in the contribution to the University of the West Indies Fund for large families. This option is suitable for families of six (6) or more and it entitles one applicant to a one-year scholarship that includes tuition fees at the West Indies University. Family of six US $150,000 inclusive of processing fees Additional dependents US $15,000 per applicant Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Procedure and time frame The government authority is responsible for administering the program, and the Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), is responsible for processing all applications. The CIU examines the application thoroughly and, if deemed necessary, may request the applicant to attend an interview. The CIU undertakes strict due diligence checks and will decline an application if the applicant makes a false statement or omits any relevant information in the application. The documentary requirements of the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program are reasonable, and the procedures are straightforward. Once the application is approved, passports can be collected in Antigua and Barbuda. It is estimated that the process will take between three and four months from the submission of the application to the issuance of the passport, assuming there are no areas of concern with the application. There is a requirement to reside in Antigua and Barbuda for a minimum of five days during the first five years of obtaining citizenship. However, the CIU has temporarily suspended this requirement due to the various travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. This suspension will expire on 31 August 2022. Under the real estate option, the time frame may vary depending on the project. Therefore, it is important to select a real estate project that can provide the necessary paperwork required from the developer for the citizenship application.
Frontier Airline makes it Easier to Manage Your Booking Online
Frontier Airlines is making it easier than ever to manage your booking online. This airline has always been known as an affordable option, but there are hidden costs associated with travel that some customers may not be aware of. Now, Frontier fly offers an online travel center where you can conveniently manage all aspects of your flight without having to call frontier customer service or visit the counter at the airport. The new site provides resources to answer any questions you may have about managing your flight and allows you t o reserve seats and select your baggage allowance well in advance of your trip dates. You have best opportunity to book flights on frontier airlines and make your travel cheaper and convenient Frontier makes it easier to manage your booking online As airlines continue to find new ways to make flying less inconvenient, Frontier flights booking tickets are available online with much more straightforward. Therefore, for those who are planning a trip and want help managing their reservation, Frontier airlines booking online guides for traveler : -Step 1: Log in via a web browser by clicking on My Trips from your Frontier account home page. -Step 2: Find your specific flight in question by scrolling down past all previous flights or by typing in a few key words about where you're going and when you're traveling (e.g., Phoenix and February 6-10). Once found, click on Manage My Booking. -Step 3: Look for an option labeled Change My Reservation. Click on that. No more waiting on hold If you have ever had a flight booked with Frontier, you know how frustrating it can be when something goes wrong and customer service is either nowhere to be found or impossible to get on the phone. However, that was before an online self-service feature called My Bookings, which gives customers access to all of their flight information, itineraries and travel documents for booking flights. For example, if your flight is delayed or canceled, you can immediately rebook without having to wait on hold or deal with voice menus. If you think frontier airlines customer service calls are bothersome now, just wait until airlines completely give up on holding hands. How do I make changes? Have you had a flight change of heart? Maybe you booked your flight weeks ago and are now headed to a different destination. Frontier Airlines makes making changes as easy as possible: On frontier airlines website, select My Trips in your customer account then click on make a Change on any available reservation. You can select which changes apply and get instant confirmation via email. If you don't have access to a computer, visit the airport ticket counter during normal business hours—though expect long lines and other headaches. If you are calling in with an inquiry, be sure to have your credit card number handy; Frontier does not charge extra for changes, but there is a fee if it is done over the phone or through an agent at one of their offices. How to cancel your flight? Canceling a flight is not ideal, but it does happen. In addition, if you do not follow frontier airlines cancellation policy for cancelling frontier flight and requesting a refund, then you could lose money. In general, most airlines offer 24 hours (or sometimes longer) after booking your flight online or by phone to cancel without a penalty fee. When you book through an agent or with your travel agent, these cancellation windows often shrink down to only one hour—so if you change your mind about flying at 11:59 PM, then that airline gets to keep your money. Check out our guide on how airlines can screw with you when you fly and what rights travelers have against them so that they cannot take advantage of people who do not read up on their rights. How to select your seat? If you are flying with Frontier, and have a carry-on bag that will not fit under your seat (or in a compartment above your seat), you can purchase an additional checked bag for $25. That fee is waived if you pay in advance when you book frontier flights online. For those who do not need one, but would like to avoid paying $25, carry-on luggage can be placed in an overhead bin (as long as there are no extra seats available). Any carry-on bag that cannot fit under a passenger’s seat or in any compartments will be considered an oversized item and subject to additional fees. How to add additional bag? If you were traveling with an extra bag, one that is not currently checked as luggage but you would like to add to your existing reservation, there are two ways for you do so. The first way is through a phone call. If your flight is within 24 hours, contact frontier customer service number and they will be able to add an additional bag for a $25 fee. If your flight is within 24 hours of departure or if more than 24 hours have passed since your initial booking, add another bag online. Go into Manage My Trip and search for your flight. From there, select Edit trip details under Trips/Upgrades and choose Add Additional Bag(s) at the bottom of your screen.
Los fans de Lee Min Ho “siguen” al actor conectado y desconectado
La popularidad del actor Lee Min Ho en el extranjero va más allá de la imaginación. El actor y su agencia personal estaban emocionados por el entusiasmo de los fans que vinieron del extranjero con el fin de verlo en el set de grabaciones del drama “The Heirs” de SBS. Fans de China visitaron a Lee Min Ho en su casa de Nonhyun-dong en Seúl y lo siguieron a las grabaciones del drama a Gyunggi-do Yang Pyung y Gyunggi-do Ilsan. Estos fans siguieron día y noche al actor viajando en parejas o en pequeños grupos a través de la contratación de “taxis sasaeng”. Un representante de Starhaus Entertainment dijo: “No sabemos como encontraron las locaciones. Estamos sorprendidos de que ellos lo supieran. Estamos también agradecidos por el apoyo de los fans que vinieron desde el extranjero sólo para verlo. Sin embargo, también tenemos preocupaciones por su seguridad. Lee Min Ho está haciendo planes para visitar el extranjero con el fin de mostrar su aprecio por el apoyo de sus fans una vez que concluya el drama. También tendrá una reunión de fans en enero, así que por favor sigan las actividades de Lee Min Ho”. Lee Min Ho también agradeció a sus fans de “todo el mundo” a través de una actualización en su cuenta de Facebook. El 1ro de diciembre, él publicó: “Creo que mucha gente no ha visto esta foto aún… Tomé esto en un concepto lindo de Tan Kim de mi nuevo drama”. La foto recibió más de 10,000 de “Likes” y miles comentaron para responder a Lee Min Ho. Su cuenta de Weibo también excede los 10 millones de seguidores. Un representante de la agencia de Lee Min Ho explicó: “La base de fans de Lee Min Ho es muy diversa, desde adolescentes hasta personas de cincuenta años de todo el mundo. Hemos visto que madres e hijas se reúnen, así como fans de Japón, China y otros países de Asia. Algunos incluso vienen de los Estados Unidos y Chile”. En relación con la gran cantidad de fans, personal afiliado al drama “The Heirs” declaró: “Estamos buscando la cooperación de los lugares de grabación y los fans también están ayudando. Se siente como si estuviéramos poniendo nuestros esfuerzos en conjunto con el fin de grabar el drama. Hay cuatro episodios restantes de ‘The Heirs’ todavía, así que estamos prestando más atención a la seguridad debido a que la curiosidad aumenta sobre como concluirá el drama”.