Independent inquiry into clashes during Hong Kong extradition bill protests would reveal whether ‘foreign forces’ involved, says pro-establishment figure backing statutory probe

A pro-establishment heavyweight has added his voice to calls for city leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor to launch an independent probe into violent clashes during extradition bill protests on June 12.The Liberal Party honorary chairman, James Tien Pei-chun, said the statutory inquiry should look at whether “foreign forces” helped orchestrate the demonstrations, which included confrontations…

Beijing’s sea change: main building work done on starfish-shaped mega airport

Main construction work on Beijing’s starfish-shaped new mega airport was completed on Sunday, state media reported, as it enters final preparations to open its doors in September – in time for the 70th anniversary of the founding of communist China on October 1.Designed by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the Beijing Daxing International Airport…

Lard and Butter Pie Crust

This lard and butter pie crust is one of the most obscenely flakiest, surprisingly tender, and unbelievably flavorful crusts we’ve ever tried. Just for a day, put aside all thoughts of diets, waist sizes, and cholesterol and make a pie with this marvelous lard crust. You may never go back. Here’s how to make it….

Two olives or three, Mr Beethoven?

From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: Never one to leave his audience short of music, Beethoven wrote this oratorio for an 1803 Vienna concert that already consisted of his first two symphonies and his third piano concerto. Since he only finished the oratorio on the morning of the concert, rehearsals were scratchy and the…

Death of Pavarotti’s sidekick, 89

We are saddened by the passing of the bass singer Spiro Malas, who died in New York last weekend. Spiro, a stalwart of NY City Opera and the Met, was taken by Richard Bonygne and Joan Sutherland on the same Australia tour as Luciano Pavarotti. The four remained close friends, including Spiro’s wife, the City…

Know the awkward pain of Ivanka Trump trying to converse with world leaders at G20

This Ivanka Trump clip is equal parts relatable and horrifying. In a moment captured at the G20 summit, we see President Trump’s daughter attempting to engage with a group of world leaders: Canada’s Justin Trudeau, France’s Emmanuel Macron, the U.K.’s Theresa May, and Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. It goes poorly….

The worst jean trends of 2019 (so far)

We regret to inform you that the fashion industry has gone too far in 2019. Specifically jean fashion, otherwise known as jashion.  Jeans are simple, classic, and a reliable tenant of wardrobes everywhere. You can wear them any season, any time, almost anywhere.  But certain clothing lines have turned the humble blue jean into their…

Japanese Fans, Official Translator Weigh in on Netflix Evangelion English Subtitle Debate

Netflix subtitles translate Kaworu’s proclamation to Shinji as ‘I like you’ compared to ADV’s ‘I love you.’ The Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series and Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion films launched on Netflix on June 21, sparking a ton of new chatter about the classic 1995 robot anime series. One subject that has come up for returning…

10 Keys To A Startup Surviving The First Five Years

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers. I often get asked about the real alternatives to bridge this valley, and…

‘A Chinese kind of democracy’: why young Chinese-Canadians in Vancouver support Hong Kong’s anti-extradition bill protests

On the same day an open letter supporting anti-extradition bill protests in Hong Kong appeared in Canada’s English-language press, an advert praising tough police action on demonstrators appeared in two of the country’s Chinese-language newspapers.The letter, published on June 21 in the Toronto Star, was signed by a group of 20 young people in Vancouver…

Conductor’s wage is ‘increased by a few hundred percent’

From the civil war at the National Theatre in Prague we hear that the bumbling administration gave the conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink a massive pay rise in order to stop from joining other artists in protesting the installation of a Norwegian artistic director. Read all about it here. Both artists are orchestra have been wearing white…

10 Sunday Reads

My easy like Sunday morning reads: • CEOs made 287 times more money last year than their workers did (Vox) • The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students (ProPublica) • The Dangerous Folly of Lafferism (New York Times) • America’s new redneck rebellion (Financial Times) • The Hidden Cost of GoFundMe……