Why the United States is taking aim at China as crisis engulfs Venezuela

As tens of thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with security forces on the streets of Venezuela this week, the pressure was not only on the regime of embattled authoritarian leader Nicolas Maduro.Further north in Washington, the administration of US President Donald Trump was taking aim at China, Maduro’s biggest backer and an increasingly important player […]

Robert Downey Jr. hosted a star-studded lunch featuring Brie Larson, Zoe Saldana, and more

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. I don’t think I’ve ever had this much FOMO about a lunch.  As the Avengers: Endgame hubbub continues to keep the internet ablaze, the stars of the record-breaking film are stoking the […]

Japanese former adult actress Sola Aoi gives birth to twins, shares photo of newborns

New mother welcomes twins into the world. On May 1, the ascension ceremony was held for Japan’s new emperor, Naruhito, and with it came the start of Japan’s new Reiwa era. But the same day marked the start of a different chapter in the life of Sola Aoi: motherhood. View this post on Instagram Maternity […]

US Consul General Kurt Tong questions Hong Kong government over extradition bill and Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet breaks his silence

The Hong Kong government needs to do a better job of alleviating public fears over the proposed amendment to the extradition law, the top American diplomat in the city said on Saturday.Kurt Tong, the US consul general, also questioned the prosecution of nine democracy activists who were found guilty for their roles in the 2014 […]

MIB: Ivy Zelman on Real Estate and Housing-Related Industries

This week, we speak with Ivy Zelman, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer  of Zelman & Associates. She is a “Hall of Fame Institutional Investor” and Equity Research Analyst covering real estate and housing-related industries. Zelman is best known for warning about the housing crash and great financial crisis in advance. She began as an accounting… […]

Don’t shake off the Taylor Swift-Beyoncé controversy as just a performance | Arwa Mahdawi

Swift’s Billboard Music awards set was reminiscent of Beyonce’s 2018 Coachella show – highlighting the history of black women’s achievements being ignored Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter​ on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Related: Caster Semenya wins 800m in Doha two days after losing case against IAAF Continue reading… source […]

Pro-Beijing lawmakers vote to unseat democrat James To from leading discussion of Hong Kong’s extradition bill

Pro-Beijing lawmakers have tried to oust democrat James To in a bid to regain the upper hand at the legislative process of Hong Kong’s controversial extradition bill. The House Committee – which is in charge of the legislature’s internal matters – voted to issue guidelines replacing To with lawmaker Abraham Shek from the pro-Beijing Business and […]

How to watch MLB baseball without cable for the 2019 regular season – CNET

With MLB.TV and streaming services like Sling TV, YouTube TV and Fubo TV, cord cutters have plenty of choices for watching their team live every day. source https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-watch-mlb-baseball-without-cable-for-the-2019-regular-season-yankees-astros-phillies-cardinals-red-sox-dodgers/#ftag=CAD5457c2c

Hong Kong lawmakers say they will not stand for a national anthem bill that ‘discriminates’ against people in wheelchairs

Hong Kong’s proposed national anthem law has been slammed by lawmakers who said the requirement that everyone must “stand solemnly” was an affront to the city’s wheelchair-bound residents.Lawmakers who met on Saturday to discuss the bill cited a controversial video created by a pro-Beijing group to promote the anthem. In the video, an elderly woman […]

Homebuyers snap up Hong Kong’s biggest weekend property sales in six years, convinced that the bull market is here to stay

Hong Kong’s biggest weekend home sale in six years got off to a decent start, as a double-digit surge in April property transactions gave buyers the confidence that the city’s real estate bull market is here to stay.A total of 1,148 new flats were offered across the city at Lohas Park, Tai Po and Ho […]

Row over controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong intensifies as pro-establishment lawmakers bid to remove rival from heading committee

An adviser to Hong Kong’s leader on Saturday hit back at a prominent legal expert who expressed doubts over the controversial proposal to amend extradition laws, as legislators passed a motion that was likely to lead to more chaos at the committee scrutinising the bill next week.Academic Albert Chen Hung-yee, a member of the Basic […]

Time for Hong Kong to gear up to make the most of belt and road opportunities

Within two years of the first Belt and Road Forum, China has made concrete progress. Hitherto 125 countries have signed cooperation agreements and 282 agreements worth some US$64 billion have been penned under the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) framework. More importantly, the nation has made a significant break on the European front when Italy […]

10 Weekend Reads

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Death Wish coffee, grab a seat on the aisle, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: • The Ruthless, Secretive, and Sometimes Seedy World of Hedge Fund Private Investigators (Institutional Investor) • The making of Amazon Prime, the internet’s most successful and devastating membership… […]

Donald Trump’s claim China wants to join a new nuclear arms control treaty met with scepticism

US President Donald Trump has said China would like to be part of a new three-way accord to limit nuclear arms – a suggestion greeted with scepticism by many observers who questioned whether Beijing would want to limit its ability to enhance its second-strike capacity.Trump, who had a lengthy telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir […]

Time for Hong Kong to gear up to make the most of belt and road opportunities

Within two years of the first Belt and Road Forum, China has made concrete progress. Hitherto 125 countries have signed cooperation agreements and 282 agreements worth some US$64 billion have been penned under the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) framework. More importantly, the nation has made a significant break on the European front when Italy […]

Indonesian jet ski instructor to stand trial for sexual assault on Chinese tourist in Bali

An Indonesian jet ski instructor accused of sexually assaulting a Chinese woman in Bali last month is expected to stand trial soon, according to the Chinese consulate in Denpasar, the island’s capital.The 29-year-old suspect, whose name was not disclosed, was apprehended by police within 24 hours of the attack, which happened on April 23, and […]

Video: Hong Kong activists wash Tiananmen massacre monument ahead of 30th anniversary

Hong Kong activists have held their annual washing of the Pillar of Shame, a monument at the University of Hong Kong that commemorates the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Around 10 representatives from the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China placed flowers at the pillar and observed one minute […]

Hong Kong cadet groups switch from British military drills to Chinese goose stepping at May Fourth event in Wan Chai – but who gave the marching orders?

Some of Hong Kong’s uniformed cadet groups on Saturday switched from their traditional British marching drills to Chinese military marches at a flag-raising ceremony to mark the centenary of the May Fourth Movement.At least four of the 16 cadet groups at the Golden Bauhinia Square event broke with tradition and marched in the familiar Chinese […]