UN chief praises New Zealand premier’s ‘admirable’ response to Christchurch attacks.

Speaking to media in the New Zealand capital Auckland on Sunday, alongside New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his solidarity with the victims and families of the March Christchurch mosque attacks, which killed 51 people, and praised Ms. Arden’s leadership in the aftermath of the killings.  source https://news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038361

In Pictures: Yellow anti-China extradition law banners appear on two Kowloon hilltops

Yellow protest banners voicing opposition to Hong Kong’s looming extradition law update were unfurled on Sunday atop two Kowloon hilltops. Photo: Apple Daily. Huge banners reading “oppose the evil send-to-China law” were spotted on Lion Rock and Beacon Hill early in the morning. Photo: Apple Daily. At around 11am, firefighters removed the two banners, each […]

Xi Jinping and Donald Trump could meet next month on trade says White House aide

US President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping could meet next month on the sidelines of the G20 summit to hash out their differences on trade, but no new talks are scheduled, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said Sunday. The world’s top two economies ended two days of negotiations in Washington on Friday with no […]

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

This raspberry cheesecake brownies recipe is an inspired and swoon-worthy collision of creamy cheesecake and cakey brownie and sweetly tart raspberries. You simply gotta taste it for yourself. And then share it with everyone you know. Adapted from Joy Wilson | Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence | Clarkson Potter, 2014 These raspberry cheesecake brownies are where […]

Easy Cream Biscuits

These easy cream biscuits from Natalie Dupree, made with just self-rising flour and cream, are so simple even a beginner can make them. Adapted from Nathalie Dupree | Southern Biscuits | Gibbs Smith, 2011 Truth in advertising. That’s what you can expect from this Easy Cream Biscuits recipe that calls for just two ingredients yet […]

Can Childhood Emotional Neglect Make You Passive-Aggressive?

“Lingering, bottled-up anger never reveals the ‘true colors’ of an individual. It, on the contrary, becomes all mixed up, rotten, confused, forms a highly combustible, chemical compound, then explodes as something foreign, … source https://blogs.psychcentral.com/childhood-neglect/2019/05/can-childhood-emotional-neglect-make-you-passive-aggressive/

Japan’s host club king wants to sell you some US$490 hair product in a tiny, tiny bottle

Roland also has a “must-have” hangover cure that can be yours for just a little over 100 bucks. People in Japan tend to take grooming and personal appearance seriously, and that goes double for the men who work at host bars. Sure, hosts have to be charming and attentive, but they’re also supposed to be […]

Watch the Jonas Brothers go to court in this hilarious ‘SNL’ cameo

The Jonas Brothers were Saturday Night Live‘s musical guests on May 11, but they also popped up in a sketch.  “Judge Court” starred Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and host Emma Thompson as three daytime TV judges. They’re best friends, they’re all on the same show (“the only courtroom with three judges”), and they are all […]

‘SighSwoon’ merges self-care tips with hilarious memes on Instagram

Scrolling through @SighSwoon on Instagram is the equivalent of picking up a mysterious book at a thrift shop and falling into words that both enlighten and entertain.   Gabi Abrao, a 24-year-old Los Angeles native, is the mind behind one of Instagram’s shiniest hidden gems. SighSwoon showcases self-reflective memes and guides on how to feel […]

Beyond the China-US trade war: what next for the world’s two giants?

There is little cause for optimism in the future relations of the world’s two largest economies: the US and China.About a year and a half ago, US President Donald Trump labelled China a “strategic competitor” while more recently, Kiron Skinner, the director of policy planning at the US State Department, talked of preparing for “a […]

China’s goal of a quantum leap in defence technology makes waves at the Pentagon

A report released by the US Department of Defence last week said China was a growing security threat to American interests through its activities in the Arctic, its military advancement and in its influence operations against the cultural institutions, media, and business, academic, and policymaking communities of the United States.The Pentagon report said China was […]

China’s doves urge Beijing to find common ground with Washington

Amid mounting tensions with Washington, the doves among China’s communist elite are growing increasingly vocal in their urging for Beijing to take a more cautious approach.The trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies escalated on Friday when US President Donald Trump made good on his threat to increase the tariff rate on US$200 billion […]

Former Hong Kong officials Chris Patten and Anson Chan contradict Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s claim that mainland China was not deliberately excluded as a destination for fugitive transfers

Two key players during the end of colonial rule in Hong Kong have said the British government deliberately excluded mainland China from local extradition laws, contradicting a statement by the city’s current leader as she tries to legalise fugitive transfers to the mainland two decades later.However, a Security Bureau spokesman maintained that Britain did indicate […]

10 Sunday AM Reads

My easy like Sunday morning reads: • A Conversation with NYU Professor Aswath Damodaran (Elm Partners) • How the Apple Store Lost Its Luster (Bloomberg) • A real story of fake news: Trump’s wealth (Washington Post) • Goldman Sachs, Patagonia, and the Mysteries of “Business Casual” (New Yorker) • Listen to TurboTax Lie to Get… […]

Students at China’s leading universities offered more than to US$14,000 to sell eggs illegally

Students studying at some of China’s top universities are selling their eggs for up to 100,000 yuan (US$14,600) each, according to a newspaper investigation.Despite Chinese law forbidding the trading of human eggs, the demand from those couples who cannot have their own child remains high, Beijing Youth Daily reported.Academic performance, height and looks were three […]

Hong Kong police get new US$21.5 million sea weapon to fight smugglers

Hong Kong authorities will soon be equipped with a new HK$169 million (US$21.5 million) weapon to fight seaborne crime in the city’s waters.The arrival of the first of 12 fast-pursuit craft follows a 177 per cent surge in the amount of contraband seized from maritime smugglers last year.The value of the new boats is HK$22 […]

Cheung Chau Bun Festival parade given some star power as scandal involving Hong Kong celebrities Andy Hui and Jacqueline Wong is featured

It was an accolade disgraced Hong Kong star Andy Hui Chi-on, husband of superstar Sammi Cheng Sau-man, and actress Jacqueline Wong could probably have done without – featuring in the famed Cheung Chau Bun Festival parade on Sunday.The annual event usually draws in visitors in their tens of thousands, all keen to watch the Piu […]

The Howard Stern Interview

Howard Stern says he has changed. How much?   Honesty, credibility, vulnerability…these are the building blocks of a career, these are what bond people to you. Distribution is king. After all, Stern gave this interview to the “New York Times,” the paper of record, the one with gravitas, the one that has lasted. Sure, you… […]