Education officials defend controversial liberal studies subject after former Hong Kong leader blames it for encouraging violent protests by young people

Hong Kong education officials have defended the controversial school subject liberal studies, saying it should not be blamed for violent protests over the extradition bill as a former leader had suggested.“There is no proof that liberal studies causes students to take radical actions,” Wendy Au Wan-sze, principal assistant secretary for education, said on Thursday.Former chief…

Flag Fashion

I am always intrigued by the psychological and cognitive issues hidden in the news. The Nike Betsy Ross flag issue revealed a number of fascinating things. Stop to consider the broader context and historical nuance of the American flag as a protest and/or fashion item, and we learn a thing or two. Not too long……

Italy faces its most acute demographic crisis in its history

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; Italy’s demographic stagnation is reaching a tipping point, as the number of babies born in Italy in 2018 hit a new record low, national statistics office ISTAT said on Wednesday. Births in 2018 dropped by 4% (18,000) to…

Austria becomes first EU country to ban Glyphosate

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; Austria is the first country to ban glyphosate on Wednesday, a substance used for the manufacture of Roundup, a popular weed killer manufactured by Monsanto. Glyphosate has been linked to cancer. A 2015 report published by the World Health…

Technology will not solve the Irish border issue according high-ranking UK official

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; The UK border official that was until recently in charge of Brexit border plans has warned that technology cannot prevent disruption in a no-deal scenario. The former Director-General for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Karen Wheeler, said no-deal…

Chennai runs out of water

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; Water in the 9-million South Indian city of Chennai is running out, with large areas having sparse access to running water for more than a month. The city’s reservoirs and lakes have run dry after two years of…

Tusk blasted at Strasbourg on EU top jobs decisions

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on LinkedIn + var sbFBAPPID = ‘457641991045477’; The outgoing president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, head of the EU-28 table that proposed the German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen for Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission president job, joined MEPs during their first session in Strasbourg…

Air traffic meeting held

https://ift.tt/2Jd1C7v Director-General of Civil Aviation Simon Li attended the Pearl River Delta Region Air Traffic Management Planning & Implementation Tripartite Working Group high-level meeting in Hangzhou today.   Together with Director-General of the Air Traffic Management Bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China Che Jinjun and President of the Civil Aviation Authority of the…

Taipei’s ‘nonconformist’ mayor Ko Wen-je tries to paint himself as man Beijing can trust despite past stance on independence

Taipei’s mayor Ko Wen-je, a possible presidential candidate, has presented himself as someone Beijing can trust by offering himself as an alternative to the traditional mainland-friendly politicians.The independent, who was once seen as a hardline pro-independence supporter, received a warm welcome during a three-day visit to Shanghai this week after adopting what one observer described…

The New Celebrity Shoe Trend We Really Didn’t See Coming

Most of the shoe trends for summer 2019 we saw coming, such as strappy sandals and velcro sandals, however, there is one pair of shoes that we keep spotting on celebrity feet that has totally thrown us—colorful heels. Victoria Beckham has arguably kick-started this one thanks to the three-inch high stilettos from her own label are available in both neon…

Here are the best memes of 2019 (so far)

Folks, we are halfway through 2019 and the memes have been strong.  Although some of this year’s memes are pretty wholesome, most of them are weird. The love for absurd, surreal content is real. From family-centered TikToks to boy band deep cuts, the internet has had a ball during the last six months.  Here are…

Barack Obama tweets a wholesome, tank-less Fourth of July message

Barack Obama has been quiet as the Democratic presidential primary starts to heat up but the former president sent the country some well-wishes on the Fourth of July.  It also happens to be the birthday of the president’s older daughter, Malia, who got a shout-out as well. Happy Fourth of July, everybody! This is always…

Hero tweets the events of ‘Independence Day’ in real time

On this most treasured of American holidays, it’s only appropriate that someone has figured out how to use Twitter to pay homage to one of the greatest American films of all time, Independence Day.  Twitter account @1996ID4 has been “live-tweeting” events of the 1996 Will Smith film in real time for several days now and…

This altered video of a motorcycle race is so dumb it’s brilliant

Sometimes the world gives you a video so marvelously dumb you can’t help but laugh and shake your head at the wonder of it all. Reddit user vlosh shared the above video — a clip of a motorcycle race using an alternate, homemade soundtrack — which he said he created “using only my voice and…