To lose patience is to lose the battle
My neighbour, whose door is a hop and a skip from mine, sent me a message inquiring if all was well. It was a sweet gesture as it has been months since we have caught each other by the door and exchanged the customary ‘hi, how are you’ before getting on our way out or into our respective homes. Our virtual exchange was longer as it was centred around the pandemic and we ended our conversation with ‘take care and stay safe.’We have been under the viral grip for months. Initially, the abrupt and forced change in lifestyle was overwhelming but gravitating from the hamster-on-wheel existence to lo...
Lebanon ‘an open door’ to Syrian arms smugglers
BEIRUT: An attack on a Lebanese border patrol by two men trying to enter the country from Syria has raised questions about the scale of arms trafficking in Lebanon.Four soldiers were hurt when an explosive device was thrown at the patrol during a confrontation near Marj Al-Tut on the Lebanese-Syrian border late on Friday.One man, a Syrian, was arrested after the incident, which took place on a well-known smuggling route. A search is underway for the second man.Four boxes containing more than 2,800 rounds of ammunition were seized by the patrol.The incident has raised concerns about the growth ...
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Young children hold a reading event at an N-Library housed in a residential home in Foshan. Photo: Courtesy of Foshan DailyReaders pick books at an N-Library in Foshan, Guangdong Province. Photo: Courtesy of Foshan DailyFor Lin Jiaoling, a full-time mom, accompanying her two sons at a reading club has become something she doesn't want to miss, even though she is now expecting a third child."My two sons are so fond of reading that they don't want to miss any reading event hosted by teacher Mo," said the Guangdong Province native, who learned about Mo Chunyi through the teacher's public WeChat a...
Four-day odyssey opens door to Saudi Arabia’s rich heritage
Saudi Arabia is the 12th-largest country in the world by area. In a country so large, it should come as no surprise that there is a wealth of regional variety across the country: A rich choice of landscapes, climates and cultures. Yet this is a fact that remains little-known even among Saudis.I recently had the privilege to experience this variety first hand when I traveled to several destinations as part of the Saudi Summer campaign. This collaborative partnership between the Saudi Tourism Authority and the private sector invites Saudis and residents to explore the Kingdom in the warmer month...
Virus opens door to innovative mortgage refinancing
Like many other GCC nations, the majority of Saudi Arabia’s population is below the age of 30, and with exponential economic growth over the last couple of decades, the Kingdom has witnessed a rise in the quality of living. From skyscrapers in the bustling capital of Riyadh to major projects in the cultural city of Jeddah, the Kingdom has embarked on a journey of modernization and empowerment for its residents.The ambitious young population and increasing quality of living has led to a spike in homeownership rates in the Kingdom which increased from 47 percent in 2017 to 62 percent at the end ...
Tatis slams door as Padres end losing streak with Texas-sized rout
ARLINGTON, Texas — Coming to a Texas-sized ballpark was just what the Padres needed to remember who they thought they were.And to be reminded again what a dimension-defying wonder Fernando Tatis Jr. is.The 21-year-old made massive Globe Life Park play small for a couple at-bats, taking over the major league lead by hitting two home runs and driving in seven runs in successive at-bats in what ended up a 14-4 rout of the Rangers on Monday night.Even before Tatis ripped a three-run homer in the seventh inning and blasted his first career grand slam on a 3-0 pitch in the eighth, the Padres were we...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
When Big Brother moved in next door: How Chinese state security brought fear to a Hong Kong neighbourhood
The four-star Metropark Hotel used to welcome a steady flow of tourists who came for the rooftop pool, the breakfast buffet and its location in tranquil Tai Hang. Now it is hosting a very different type of guest – staff of China’s secretive new security bureau for Hong Kong.Police stand guard outside the 33-storey building on Tung Lo Wan Road overlooking Victoria Park, the city’s iconic protest rallying site. Windows that once advertised the hotel’s services are papered up and the frontage bears China’s national emblem. A newly installed flag-pole flies China’s national flag.Tai Hang residents...
Hong Kong Free Press
How to improve communication in a relationship
The saying “communication is the key” to any relationship is not new. Personally I think it’s really easy to tell people that communication is important in a healthy relationship, but it’s not as easy to explain how to communicate, when to communicate, because it involves both verbal and body language. And if we’re never taught how to use this key, then we’ll never be able to open the door to healthy communication and keep experiencing challenges.Communication is said to be successful when you can convey or share ideas and feelings. You cannot be a great talker, and not be an equally great lis...
Egyptian archaeological team opens door on ancient treasure trove
CAIRO: An ancient sandstone wall decorated with inscriptions and dating back to the Ptolemaic era has been found by a specialist antiquities team in southern Egypt.The find, believed to be at least 2,300 years old and bearing the name of King Ptolemy IV, was made in Nagaa Hammadi, about 80 km northwest of Luxor, in the Qena governorate.Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, has called for further excavations to be carried out at the site, which is expected to reveal more secrets.The wall is located about 200 meters from a shrine to the goddess Hathor. Expe...
Editorial: Electoral College lesson: The Supreme Court opens the door to states making the popular vote matter in electing presidents
The unanimous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that states can compel electors to vote as each state wants or have their vote voided (and be fined) might seem at odds with the Constitution, inasmuch as the original intent of the Electoral College was for the “most enlightened and respectable citizens” to select the president with “discretion and discernment.”But since the whole wise men thing envisioned by Founders like Alexander Hamilton and John Jay fell apart after George Washington’s term, it makes sense to formally reduce the College to an assemblage of mindless drones pledged to...
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