Mr. Sato tries to buy a Rolex for his mid-life celebration, crisis occurs

An attempt at a new watch for a new chapter in the life of our star reporter. Some of our long-time readers might remember a plucky little mankini-wearing, rubber-band-gun shooting, cornrow-sporting writer called Mr. Sato. Well, now he’s all grown up and has reached the ripe old age of 45, which would mean roughly half his […]

Japanese politician’s birthrate plan: Have parents nag their kids to have “at least three babies”

Wants Grandma and Grandpa to get in on the pro-procreation propaganda too. On Wednesday, Japanese politician Yoshitaka Sakurada was attending a fundraising event held in Chiba City. However, while Yoshitaka, who serves as a member of the House of Representatives, was looking to boost his financial resources, he was also hoping that those in attendance […]

Adrift abroad amid a sense of loss and longing, what became of ‘brightest and best’ Tiananmen Square dissidents?

In the final instalment of a six-part series, Jeffie Lam looks at how the overseas democracy movement lost its momentum in exileExiled filmmaker Su Xiaokang remembers the precise moment he cut all ties with China, and knew he would no longer call it his motherland. It was the day in 2003, as he scattered the […]

China sides with Palestinians by snubbing showcase for Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan

China and Russia will join the Palestinian Authority in shunning a US-led conference designed to kick-start the Middle East peace process by unveiling the “deal of the century”. Last week the US announced that the “Peace to Prosperity” workshop, to be held in Bahrain on June 25 and 26, would explore “potential economic investments and […]

Trump tries to walk back his tweet that Russia helped him get elected, but the internet doesn’t forget

Donald Trump should really know by now that the internet never forgets. And yet on Thursday morning the president went on a Twitter rant in which he seemed to admit that, yes, Russia did in fact help him get elected. Oops. Russia, Russia, Russia! That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt […]

A look at the ‘Russian Doll’ fan account that tweets the same photo every week

An average person might think there’s nothing especially remarkable about Thursdays, but fans of Russian Doll? They know Thursdays are treats. They’re not to be taken lightly. If you have yet to see the Netflix original series, it follows Nadia (Natasha Lyonne,) a woman who keeps dying and reliving her 36th birthday party. Eventually, after […]

Adrift abroad amid a sense of loss and longing, what became of ‘brightest and best’ Tiananmen Square dissidents?

In the final instalment of a six-part series, Jeffie Lam looks at how the overseas democracy movement lost its momentum in exileExiled filmmaker Su Xiaokang remembers the precise moment he cut all ties with China, and knew he would no longer call it his motherland. It was the day in 2003, as he scattered the […]

New Hong Kong Smart Lab opens with aim of allowing tech start-ups to pitch ideas that can be used to improve public services

Robotic couriers and moving trees were some of the unusual sights at the opening ceremony for Smart Lab, a platform for start-ups to pitch technology solutions to improve public services.Launched on Thursday, the Smart Government Innovation Lab will focus on finding hi-tech products such as big data analytics, blockchain and robotics from firms, especially local […]

Victory for Hong Kong’s LGBT community as High Court abolishes four offences that criminalise sex between men

Hong Kong’s LGBT community has earned a long-awaited legal victory, with a court abolishing or revising seven offences that criminalised sex between men.The High Court on Thursday ruled that four criminal offences were unconstitutional and repealed them with immediate effect. The court also revised its interpretations of three offences, deciding in favour of Yeung Chu-wing, […]

Cheyenne Chan tells bribery trial she and former government official Wilson Fung loved one another but she never tried to use money to keep him

A businesswoman who is on trial for bribing a former Hong Kong official told a court on Thursday that they had genuinely loved each other and she had never tried to use money to keep him by her side.Cheyenne Chan Ung-iok, 63, a sister-in-law of gaming tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun, said she had kept former […]

Sneezing Shelter Cat Longs For A Family That Will Love Him The Way He Is

All cats deserve a loving home, especially ones with health conditions. The unconditional love they provide is worth any additional care they may need. Cats Protection, the largest U.K. rehoming center for cats, has been trying to find a home for a loving nine-year-old male tabby cat, but he is constantly being passed by. Photo: […]

A ‘strong and united Europe’ has never been more needed, declares UN chief Guterres

With the post-world war international institutions eroded and under threat, a “strong and united Europe” standing alongside the United Nations, has never been more essential, said UN chief António Guterres in Germany on Thursday. source https://news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1039481

[Panda Arts] 28 Animals That Look So Realistic, It’s Hard To Believe They’re Made Of Wool

https://ift.tt/eA8V8J This artist from Japan is making toys from felt wool that are so realistic, at times you’re going to need to double check if what you’re seeing are not the actual pets. Miru has been gaining a lot of attention on Japanese social media and we really believe that his work needs to be […]

Smart LAB launched

http://bit.ly/30Rse4E The Smart Government Innovation Lab was officially launched today to showcase how innovative technology can enhance city management and provide better public services.   Located in Cyberport, the Smart LAB provides a platform for encouraging innovative solutions and product suggestions from the technology sector to address public service delivery and operational needs.   It […]

Bullmann expresses his support for Timmermans

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; Following the political leaders’ meeting in the European Parliament, S&D Group president Udo Bullmann stated that democracy needs to be respected. “Frans Timmermans is the only candidate capable of building a progressive majority on a clear platform of […]

EPP leaders emphasize their support for Manfred Weber

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; Following the European elections, the leaders of the European People’s Party met on 28 May in Brussels ahead of the informal meeting of the European Council and congratulated EPP’s Lead Candidate Manfred Weber on his electoral success, where […]

S&D Group supports the accession negotiations of Albania and North Macedonia

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; After the European Commission presented in the European Parliament its annual Enlargement Package with individual reports on the Western Balkans countries and Turkey, the S&D Group expressed their support in the efforts made by Albania and North Macedonia […]

Yamanashi man arrested for making fake money and tricking people into picking it up

Chalk up another victory for the fun police. On 27 May, Yamanashi Prefectural Police announced the arrest of 45-year-old Minoru Horiuchi on charges of violating the Currencies and Securities Imitation Control Act. He is accused of creating a counterfeit 10,000-yen (US$92) bill using a color copier at his home in the town of Fujikawaguchiko. According […]