Covid-19: Hong Kong’s underground music scene has been hit hard but the show goes online
By Emma RussellAt the sprawling Clearwater Bay Film Studios, local band Smoke in Half Note thundered their post-rock anthems as though in concert, strobes lighting up the three members as they played.But as the group thrashed out their final notes on Sunday evening, there was no cheering from the crowd or fans screaming for an encore. A director shouted “Cut!” and then there was silence.Jason Kui, Maniac, silhungmo and Instinct of Sight were met with similar responses as they recorded their sets for the TONE Online Music Festival. A virtual event hosted by former indie concert venues This Town...
Hong Kong Free Press
How judges became the last front line in the battle for Hong Kong’s freedoms
In June, when Beijing officials and their local representatives were preparing public opinion for the new National Security Law, they all kept repeating the line about how most people have no need to fear – only the very few.The law was meant to target only them, they knew who they were, and so on. To those with no recollection of China’s post-1949 revolutionary agenda, it seemed a straightforward attempt to reassure and quieten nerves ahead of the law’s promulgation on June 30.In fact, it was just the opposite: the standard warning announced in advance of major mass campaigns when the few wer...
Hong Kong Free Press
First 'murder hornet' nest in US is found near Canadian border
SEATTLE — After weeks of trapping and searching, entomologists from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) have found an Asian giant hornet nest on private property in Blaine. It’s the first such nest found in the U.S., and the agency will set out to destroy it Saturday.Four live Asian giant hornets, known to some researchers as “murder hornets,” were caught in two traps this week and tagged, WSDA spokesperson Karla Sapp said Friday.One was followed back to its nest on Thursday.“The nest is inside the cavity of a tree located on private property near an area cleared for a reside...
The Seattle Times
Lessons for life
We have been reading enough grim news about the pandemic. So here’s looking at some of the ‘not-so-bad’ side-effects of the viral outbreak.By Dr. Debanjan BanerjeeExams: We always believed that exams are so important for children that we simply cannot do away with this primitive, humiliating ritual. Today though, there are instances of children getting promoted to the next class without any exam stress.Work from home: Work from home is an ideal solution for the traffic and pollution problems in most cities, but we believed – mostly the company insisted – that it was important to drive our car,...
Covering and surviving COVID-19 in India
At least 44 journalists have died from COVID-19 in India as reporters, photojournalists, and videographers race to cover the pandemic’s spread through the country, often without protective equipment. The youngest among them was Jai Deep, a 28-year-old photojournalist from Punjab.By Tariq HashmatWhen BBC Global News’ Director of Sales & Marketing Chris Davies launched the “Live the Story” campaign to highlight journalists’ commitment to the field, he would not have envisioned living COVID-19. For if there’s one story no scribe would ever want to live, it is this pandemic.And yet, when duty call...
Trump, Biden campaigns lawyer up to take the election to court in Florida, rest of US
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are still battling to get votes, but they’re also signing up thousands of lawyers and poll watchers in Florida and throughout the country in anticipation of a slew of legal challenges that could prevent the outcome from being known for weeks after Election Day.In fact, legal battles throughout the country have already been waged over voter registration deadlines, deadlines to turn in mail ballots, how to correct signatures on mail-in ballots, and drop-off boxes for mail ballots.It’s no different in Florida, which both campaigns see as a ...
Hong Kong murder suspect can’t get visa to return to Taiwan to face justice, says priest
A young Hong Kong man who admitted killing his pregnant girlfriend during a Taiwan holiday is willing to return to the island to face justice but can’t get a visa, according to a priest who has been helping him.Friday marks the first anniversary of the release from prison in Hong Kong on related charges of Chan Tong-kai. He feels helpless about not being able to depart, according to Rev Peter Koon.Chan served 18 months in a Hong Kong jail for money laundering charges for taking valuables from his girlfriend, Amber Poon.Poon’s mother released an audio recording on Thursday, saying she would not...
Hong Kong Free Press
Michael Phillips: As Election Day approaches, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action
CHICAGO — Here’s how the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “politics”: “The activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.”We’re in it, all right, neck-deep and gasping. Less than two weeks before our quadrennial democratic experiment in terror, division, heartbreak and the art of the possible, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action — how it was, how it is, how it should be and how we might save America from itself.For every lef...
Buick Encore GX: Bigger and stronger, but is it really much better?
2020 Buick Encore GX Essence: A bigger round of applause?Price: $34,965 as tested. Advanced Technology Package adds adaptive cruise, surround camera, and more for $1,790; Experience Buick Package adds a moonroof and 18-inch wheels for $1,500; Convenience Package adds parking assist and rear camera mirror for $520. Red paint, $495. More mentioned below.Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes that it’s “spacious inside,” with a “subdued three-cylinder, comfortable ride,” but not that it’s “slow, not that much nicer than its less-expensive Chevrolet Trailblazer twin, a general lack of enthusias...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mac Engel: New 'Borat' sequel filmed scenes at Arlington driving range — and Texans didn't even know
FORT WORTH, Texas — The release form made no mention of Borat or Sacha Baron Cohen, but it demanded almost Cold War-like secrecy.The form looked legit, and the production director was nice, so Mauricio Galante, who owns the Golf Center of Arlington, signed it.When he asked what film they were shooting, he was only told, “Don’t worry about it. When the movie comes out, you’ll know what it is.”Only until the trailer for the new Borat movie was released did Galante know.“I never saw him,” Galante said in a phone interview. “Had no idea who it was. They were so secret. My wife thought they were ma...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram