MANILA - A Filipino-American could oversee the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election if U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves his post. Rosenstein is set to meet President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday to discuss his future. If Rosenstein leaves his job, the investigation would fall to US Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the fourth-ranking official at the Justice Department and the next Senate-confirmed official in line. Some legal experts have said Francisco would have to recuse himself because his former law firm, Jones Day, represented the Trump campaign. If that were to happen, the next in line to oversee the special counsel would be Steven Engel, the assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel. Francisco's credentials include serving as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, working in the Justice Department during the … [Read more...] about News Meet the Fil-Am lawyer who could oversee Russia probe in US
By Karon Liu Food Writer Tues., Sept. 25, 2018 When you think of the quintessential Toronto food, what comes to mind? Is it the peameal bacon sandwich — in particular, the one from Carousel Bakery in the St. Lawrence Market which honours our ‘hogtown’ history? Or how about the Jamaican patty? ‘Street meat’? Roti? Consider the sushi pizza. It’s a Japanese-inspired dish typically consisting of a fried rice patty topped with salmon sashimi, spicy mayonnaise, tobiko (flying fish roe), a sprinkling of green onion, and occasionally, avocado slices. The dish is ubiquitous at all-you-can-eat and mid-priced sushi spots in the city, but seldom seen outside of the GTA, so it could be a uniquely Toronto creation to call our own. It isn’t authentically Japanese, but it’s an entry point to sushi for beginners. Sushi purists, however, despise this deep-fried, mayo-covered creation while lovers of the dish enjoy the layers of … [Read more...] about Was the sushi pizza invented in Toronto?
By Mimi Sheraton The Washington Post Tues., Sept. 25, 2018 “How can you hate maple syrup?” the hordes asked, as they banned me from Vermont and declared me persona non grata throughout Canada. Revolted by a New York Times article celebrating ranch dressing, I had tweeted: “Plays to everything that’s wrong with the typical American palate. Even worse than maple syrup if that’s possible.” How can I hate it? Let me count the ways. But first, I’ll allow that I respect the dedication of the craftsmen producing it, enabling devotees to pour it liberally over pancakes, waffles and every other edible in sight. (And though I appreciate the lore of “sugaring off” — the early spring ritual of gathering sap from maple trees — the phrase has always seemed like an euphemism for something more salacious.) Basically, what I detest about maple syrup is everything, meaning both texture and flavour. As a rule, I do not … [Read more...] about A foot critic reflects on the reasons she hates maple syrup
Asia UnhedgedReal-time intel on what moves markets Move comes amid rising trade and military tension between the superpowers By Asia Times staff September 25, 2018 7:51 PM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 China has turned down a request for a US warship to visit Hong Kong amid rising tension between the two superpowers over trade and military moves. The USS Wasp was due to make a port call in the former British colony next month, but diplomats have said Beijing had blocked amphibious assault ship from visiting. The decision is the second in two years by China despite many years of “successful” port visits by US ships in Hong Kong, US diplomats said. In 2016, Beijing denied a request for a USS John C Stennis carrier strike group to visit Hong Kong during a time of tension over its territorial claims in the South China Sea. Aside from the trade dispute between the two countries, China has been unhappy about Washington’s move … [Read more...] about Beijing says US warship cannot dock in Hong Kong
Southeast AsiaThailand Coconut warehouses are 200 million baht, or US$6.1 million, in debt with 40 million coconuts in stock and no buyers in southern Thailand By Dusita Maneemuang September 25, 2018 7:37 PM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 Coconut suppliers in the south of Thailand are deep in debt with 40 million coconuts in stock and few buyers. Coconut lhong, or middleman-run warehouses in Thap Sakae district in Prachuap Khiri Khan just south of Bangkok, have debts of more than 200 million baht (US$6.1 million). The reason for the large amount of unsold fruit is that many factories have been buying imported coconuts instead of the locally-grown ones from the warehouses. More than 30 middleman-run warehouses are facing huge losses this year. About 80% of the people in Thap Kasae district south of Bangkok make money from growing and selling coconuts. Issara Judphai, who runs Issara Coconut Lhong, said as well as the oversupply, the … [Read more...] about Oversupply and imports hit Thailand’s coconut industry