Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?
Jews were the creators of both communism and capitalism; they were clannish but also cosmopolitan; cowardly and warmongering; self-righteous moralists and defilers of culture. Ideologues and demagogues of many permutations have understood the Jews ...
March 16, 2015
A Punk Approach to Running in El Monte
Traffic is bumper-to-bumper at four o'clock on Valley Boulevard, and my phone has led me onto side streets packed with kids just out of school, all of whom seem to be crossing every street at once. I squint into What does it mean to articulate a ...
April 28, 2015
As Nasa's New Horizons reaches Pluto, Chinese space scientists complain of ...
“Scientific projects often hit a cold stone wall in the reviewing process at the space authorities. The science is to explore the unknown, and to explore the unknown we want to use the newest technology and equipment. But to space authorities, safety ...
July 14, 2015
46 of Boston's best new stores and services
The store itself is the height of cosmopolitan elegance, with sleek gold and glass fixtures artfully displaying the covetable bags, scarves, and accessories. Known for beautifully made “Saturday is no alarm clock” signage is just one of the cheery ...
January 10, 2015
How Uber is doing what the Hong Kong government can't do
Taxi drivers and owners criticised transport authorities in the legislature yesterday for failing to curb the practice of private car drivers offering cheap rides through car-hailing mobile apps. City, July 8. Have you ever tried to draw a straight ...
July 8, 2015
Urban Without Limits: Finding Adventure in America's Big Cities
Ethnic enclaves in cosmopolitan cities can be a trip—and you won't have to leave town. Forget the hotel's Thai restaurant: Find Little Bangkok and see what panang curry really tastes like. Keep your eyes open. Start seeing your city as the action ...
February 3, 2015
Malaysian task force freezes 6 bank accounts linked to PM Najib Razak amid ...
A task force investigating Malaysia's troubled state investment fund 1MDB said today that it had frozen six bank accounts following a media report that nearly US$700 million had been transferred to an account of Prime Minister Najib Razak. The Wall ...
July 7, 2015
Traffic is bumper-to-bumper at four o'clock on Valley Boulevard, and my phone has led me onto side streets packed with kids just out of school, all of whom seem to be crossing every street at once. Ten minutes behind schedule, the urban fabric finally opens to reveal Arroyo High School, where Anthony Solorzano bounces back and forth on the balls of his feet, awaiting my arrival. "I'm going to take you on a classic Arroyo Cross Country run," he tells me, and within minutes, we're striding through another world in the same city. We've entered the world of high school distance running, a world that Solorzano and I shared (albeit a decade and 3,000 miles apart) and which he chronicles in his upcoming film, "Varsity Punks. " We duck through a gate behind the baseball backstop as Solorzano tells me about his youth in El Monte, his years as a collegiate athlete and film major at USC, and the upstart movie he is making with the help of the runners we've seen on the trail. We make our way up a bike path into Peck Park in northwestern El Monte. Solorzano tells me how this park is a "place of tranquility" for students and local residents, and how the trails that radiate from it are the font from which Arroyo runners draw their strength.
As Nasa prepares for an historic flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons space probe , mainland Chinese scientists are still struggling to get funding from Beijing for similar projects to tap into the unknown frontiers of space. Some projects have been proposed for years and have attracted a considerable degree of international attention due to their smart design and ambitious goals, but so far only a handful have received a definite nod from the pragmatic space authorities. In early 1990s Chinese scientists developed a small ground base telescope that could pick up extremely faint cosmic rays from space, and they proposed the smart design to the government to build an ambitious space telescope that could rival the... “Scientific projects often hit a cold stone wall in the reviewing process at the space authorities. They would not allow design and hardware to be used extensively, if at all, in a space mission,” said a scientist involved in the making of China’s space project plans, who declined to be named due to the issue’s sensitivity. But in recent years the Chinese government seemed to have realised its extreme caution and pragmatic approach would not help in the new space race with the.
Taxi drivers and owners criticised transport authorities in the legislature yesterday for failing to curb the practice of private car drivers offering cheap rides through car-hailing mobile apps. It shows you the number of urban, New Territories and Lantau taxi licences in existence over the last 20 years. Total taxi registrations are frozen but some taxi owners do not renew their licences every year. The market works best when all three are left to find their own level. Control one of them and the market will still work reasonably well by making adjustments to the other two. What we have done with the taxi market in Hong Kong is control two of the three, supply and price, and we have guessed wrong at what these should be relative to demand. We have limited taxi registrations to 18,138 and then set taxi fares too high. Although the price of a Toyota Crown Comfort taxi is only HK$230,000, the cost of buying a licence to operate one is at present about HK$7 million. The cold-hearted fact in all this is that the personal income level at which enough taxi drivers can be found to keep 18,138 taxis on the road is about HK$10,000 a month. But the amount of money they would take home with present taxi fares and a vehicle cost of HK$230,000 is more than double this HK$10,000.