HONG KONG: You can’t take it with you, according to the old saying. Or maybe you can. The Chinese tradition of burning paper replicas is said to provide the dead with items they can use in the afterlife. But Gucci, which produces luxury goods, is not amused by the practice.
SERVICE: Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett say it’s important to give the homeless a sense of dignity and respect. That’s why the 21-year-old entrepreneurs started Orange Sky Laundry, the world’s first mobile laundry service for homeless people.
ACADEMY AWARDS: Mad Max: Fury Road, which won six Oscars this week, has become the most successful Australian film of all time. The film, directed by George Miller, has earned almost $400 million (about €370 million) at box offices worldwide.
INDIA: Farming is rarely an easy way to make a living. And in the state of Maharashtra, it just got a lot harder, thanks to a government ban on the slaughter of cattle. Desperate farmers, no longer able to sell old cattle to butchers, are going bankrupt in record numbers.
CHINA: Despite colourful dragon parades and family banquets for
the Chinese lunar new year, office workers are feeling a bit unhappy.
They traditionally receive gifts from
their employers. But changing economic conditions have sharply reduced
NEW ZEALAND: Sheep remain a vital part of New Zealand’s agricultural economy. But the increasing popularity of synthetic fabrics has changed the balance for the country’s sheep farmers. Lamb and mutton are now replacing wool as their most valuable products.