Let’s just call Donald Trump’s Kentucky Derby tweet performance art

Donald Trump’s Twitter feed stopped mattering long ago. Sure, it’s his always-online bully pulpit. He uses it daily to attack enemies and hand down various decrees. But when you strip away all the bluster, Trump is a feckless leader who constantly undermines his own agenda with lies and hatred.  The majority of America sees it […]

Top 60 Luxury Trends in May – From High-End Body Positive Fashion to Crystal-Encrusted Hair Clips (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The May 2019 luxury trends incorporate a vast range of high-end apparel, opulent jewelry and accessories, and even indulgent food options. One example comes from the Oak Door steakhouse in Tokyo&#… More: http://bit.ly/2Y6ybsj

Hong Kong graduates of mainland universities are flocking to the Greater Bay Area – with 60 per cent working there or planning to

A survey has found that 60 per cent of Hong Kong graduates of mainland universities were either already working in the Greater Bay Area – or intend to – even though salaries on the mainland are about half that of Hong Kong.The survey, which was released on Sunday by the One Country Two System (OCTS) […]

Cloudy skies and wet weather set to dampen hopes of Hong Kong stargazers looking for Eta Aquarids meteor shower

Stargazing Hongkongers’ hopes of watching cosmic fireworks on Monday night could be washed away as wet weather is forecast for the early part of the week.The Hong Kong Observatory said there would be occasional showers and a few squally thunderstorms from Monday to Thursday as a trough of low pressure was affecting Guangdong and the […]

The challenges that drive up military spending – in Asia-Pacific and beyond

According to the latest data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), global military spending in 2018 rose 2.6 per cent year on year to US$1.82 trillion.The United States, China, Saudi Arabia, India and France were the top five spenders, accounting for 60 per cent of the total. Spending by the US grew […]

Kabuki and food join forces for the ultimate collaboration in the form of soy sauce plates

A collaboration that brings one of Japan’s oldest traditions and food culture together, in the form of tableware. Kabuki, or Japanese dance drama, is a popular traditional performance that many Japanese and foreigners enjoy. With many tourists often visiting kabuki theaters during their stay to get a feel of one of this country’s oldest traditions, […]

Melinda Gates: ‘I look for potential and then try to figure out how to scale it up’

The philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates on what she tells her kids, getting women into tech and the perils of wealth Melinda Gates is co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which she set up with her husband, Bill Gates. It is the largest private charitable organisation in the world and uses Microsoft’s […]

Da Vinci’s hand impairment caused by nerve damage, not stroke

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J A fainting episode causing traumatic nerve damage affecting his right hand could be why Leonardo da Vinci’s painting skills were hampered in his late career. While the impairment affected his ability to hold palettes and brushes to paint with his right hand, he was able to continue teaching and drawing with his left hand. […]

Hong Kong police respond to MTR calls after unruly, profanity spouting man goes off the rails at Lok Fu station

An agitated young man disrupted railway service and frightened passengers last week in a profanity laced tirade that forced MTR officials to call the police.In an 86-second viral video, the man in his 20s was shown using his body to stop the platform screen doors and train doors from closing at Lok Fu station. The […]

‘Gutless’ pan-democrats and ‘insincere’ officials – missed opportunity to meet Beijing’s No 2 man in Hong Kong highlights lasting divide between both sides

At a teahouse beside Hangzhou’s scenic West Lake, Beijing official Huang Liuquan sat down to dim sum with a group of Hong Kong reporters, lawmakers and officials.It was a rare occasion for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office’s deputy director – Beijing’s Number 2 official in the city – to sit in a relaxed […]

Can China really take the high road with its big, bold infrastructure plan?

When Chinese President Xi Jinping made a commitment last weekend to ensure his pet “Belt and Road Initiative” operated in line with international norms and standards it was widely seen as a response to mounting suspicion and criticism of the multibillion-dollar trade and infrastructure scheme.While it was unusual for him to address such concerns so […]

Avengers: Endgame takes a cool US$178 million at Chinese box office over May Day holiday

Marvel’s superheroes helped smash box office records across mainland China over the May Day holiday as Avengers: Endgame accounted for 80 per cent of all takings.Of the 1.5 billion yuan (US$222.7 million) in ticket sales over the four-day break, the blockbuster accounted for more than 1.2 billion yuan, according to Economic View, an app run […]

North Korea weapons tests ‘a warning to Donald Trump’ to restart nuclear talks

North Korea’s latest weapons tests are a warning to US President Donald Trump that Pyongyang is growing more impatient with the pace of nuclear disarmament talks and might restart long-range launches, analysts said.North Korea’s military fired multiple tactical guided weapons into the Sea of Japan, or East Sea, in a “strike drill” supervised by leader […]

10 Sunday Reads

My easy like Sunday morning reads: • Advice for Grads: A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Tips for the Long Journey (Coffee and Capital) • What Happens to a Factory Town When the Factory Shuts Down? (New York Times) • Buffett Partner Charlie Munger Has a Side Gig: Designing College Dorms (Wall Street Journal) • ‘Moneyland’… […]

Five essential works by Liszt

Rating:  0 Piano Concertos Having been inspired to become a virtuoso pianist by Paganini’s brilliance and diabolical stage presence, Liszt plays up these qualities in these vehicles for his own artistry. Recommended recording:Louis Lortie; Residentie Orchestra The Hague/George PehlivanianChandos CHAN 10371 X     The greatest piano concertos of all time   Transcendental Studies As […]

How SparkNotes’ social media accounts mastered the art of meme-ing literature

Most millennials know SparkNotes as the ultimate no-nonsense study buddy, but today’s students not only receive help with schoolwork from the website, they get high-quality entertainment, too. SparkNotes remains a crucial tool for text comprehension — full of study guides and supplemental resources on english literature, philosophy, poetry, and more. But over the past two […]

When the soloist breaks a string, should he change the violin?

The standard protocol is for the soloist to switch instruments with the concertmaster and carry on playing the concerto on a borrowed violin until the original has been restrung, retuned and restored. Not so in Philadelphia, where Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider declined the concertmaster’s violin in the middle of the Elgar concerto and decided to halt proceedings […]

China’s rail operator apologises for holiday travel chaos but says it will seek to punish unruly passengers

The company that runs China’s railways apologised on Saturday for the chaotic scenes on trains and at stations during this year’s extended Labour Day holiday, but said it would also consider how passengers who contributed to the disruption should be punished.An estimated 70 million people took rail trips between Tuesday and Saturday, with the peak […]

The remarkable Chinese retiree giving her disabled granddaughter the gift of happiness

A girl in northern China who was not expected to live past childhood has grown into a happy, versatile teenager – thanks in large part to the unstinting care of her grandmother.Liu Xuannuo was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, when she was 18 months old and her family were told that the child […]