TAIPEI • Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu has enjoyed a stunning rise in the last two years, journeying from relative obscurity to become the opposition Kuomintang's (KMT) presidential candidate in a phenomenon that has been dubbed the "Han tide". Some have likened the 62-year-old - who won 44.8 per cent of the votes cast in the KMT's primary - to US President Donald Trump and other populist leaders who hail from outside establishment circles and command a fervent voter base buoyed by lofty promises of resurrecting their fortunes. Mr Han was a relative unknown until he seized the Kaohsiung mayoralty in local elections last year. It was a shock win in the southern city that had long been a heartland for President Tsai Ing-wen's ruling Democratic Progressive Party. He has been able to muster huge, enthusiastic crowds during campaigning, where he has vowed to restore warm ties with Beijing and kick-start the island's economy. Taipei's relations with Beijing have soured since Ms Tsai came … [Read more...] about A plain-speaking maverick who whips up the crowd
By Rachel Plotkin Opinion Mon., April 29, 2019 Over the past decade, a conversation has played out in the scientific community about the ethical implications of intentionally causing the extinction of disease-bearing mosquitoes. Many scientists believe the world could likely survive just fine without them, while others point to the many unknowns in functioning ecosystems. For example, researchers recently discovered that the biting midge is the only known pollinator of cacao. If it were eradicated, we would (gasp!) lose chocolate. There have been other intentional attempts at extinction. Witness the actions of the American army in the 1870s to wipe out buffalo on the Great Plains, as a way of forcing the Sioux, Kiowa and Comanche tribes onto reserves. The buffalo once numbered over 30 million but were very nearly driven to extinction as a result of commercial trade and a directive by the army to starve Indigenous peoples and destroy their traditional way of life. Some … [Read more...] about Could our ongoing sixth extinction be called deliberate?
Houston Rockets guard James Harden expressed frustration with the referees after Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors, specifically pointing to non-calls on 3-point attempts. "I mean, I just want a fair chance, man," Harden said after scoring 35 points on 9-of-28 shooting in the 104-100 defeat. "Call the game how it's supposed to be called, and that's it. And I'll live with the results." Harden made just 4 of 16 attempts from deep, while often taking contact from Warriors defenders who were closing out aggressively. Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni chose his words carefully -- saying he'd "rather have my charity have the money" than be fined for criticizing officials -- but said the referees told him they botched a few such calls in the first half. READ: Durant's 35 points carry Warriors past Rockets in Game 1 "They came in halftime and said they missed them," D'Antoni said. "That's what they told me. They missed four of them. That's 12 foul shots. So be it. They're … [Read more...] about News NBA: Rockets’ Harden ‘wants a fair chance’ from refs
While results were relatively consistent across ages, almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of 46-55 year olds believe most strongly that this is needed, followed by millennials at 71 per cent. The views expressed by travellers across the world are timely, considering the special report that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued in 2018. The report warned that the world has just over a decade to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, beyond which the risk of floods, droughts and extreme heat will significantly worsen. Eco-mmodation Consistent with overall intentions to make more sustainable travel choices, sustainable stays are growing in popularity, with almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of global travellers intending to stay at least once in an “eco-friendly” or “green” accommodation when looking at the year ahead. This is the fourth consecutive year that Booking.com research has seen … [Read more...] about Push for sustainable travel to save the planet
Muslims make up around 3 percent of the total population in Australia, yet their presence is a part of the country’s vibrant community. Through a series of photos and a documentary, “Boundless Plains: The Australian Muslim Connection” at the Jakarta History Museum invites Indonesian visitors to learn about Australian Muslims and the history of Islam in Australia, including the role of Makassar merchants in introducing the religion to the land Down Under. The photo exhibition, running until Tuesday, reveals that the Makassar merchants were trading with the Aborigine population in the 18th century until the post-World War II migration boom from Europe. The exhibition is part of the Boundless Plains project, which followed four Australian Muslims on a journey across the country in 2011 to retrace the history of Islam in Australia. The project was led by Moustafa F... Log in with your social account … [Read more...] about ‘Boundless Plains’: Retracing Australian Muslims’ history