Trabzonspor

Trabzonspor

In the end, Trabzonspor capturing their seventh Super Lig title was a question of when not if. Having been top virtually all season, the tangible reward was made mathematically certain after a 2-2 draw with mid-table Antalyaspor on April 30. The record books will mark this date as when Trabzonspor ended their 38-year wait for a league championship. It is only the second time in nearly four decades that the title has left Istanbul but, as with pretty much everything in Turkey, it is not that simple. In 2010-11 Trabzonspor missed out on the title to Fenerbahce by virtue of goal difference. Their opponents were later withdrawn from Europe by the Turkish Football Federation amid an investigation into match fixing. Trabzonspor took their place in the Champions League group stage, securing a…

Violet tendency

There’s not much that hasn’t already been said about the Lancia Delta HF Integrale. Every bona fide petrolhead knows that this compact family hatchback, designed by Giugiaro, won the World Rally Championship six times, back-to-back, between 1987 and 1992, raising the Italian marque to an uncontested number one ranking among rallying’s elite. With a total of 44,296 built, the Integrale evolved through four separate stages. Its success story began by chance in one of rallying’s darkest years, 1986. A string of serious crashes, some fatal, prompted the FIA to call an urgent halt, cancelling Group B and its 500bhp supercars. When it became clear that cars would be allowed to compete under Group A regulations the following year, Lancia was the first to respond, by submitting a homologation model based on…

Violet tendency

The techno-king of Twitter

SWEEPING STATEMENTS about the future of humanity do not usually feature in discussions about leveraged buy-outs. But Elon Musk has never felt bound by convention. Asked about his plans to buy Twitter, a social network, and take it private—which were approved by the firm's board on April 25th—he went straight for the big idea. “My strong intuitive sense is that having a public platform that is maximally trusted and broadly inclusive is extremely important to the future of civilisation. I don’t care about the economics at all.” Compared with its rivals—Facebook, Instagram and TikTok—Twitter is a minnow. But the deal matters. One reason is that Twitter’s size belies its importance. As a haunt of politicians, pundits and wonks, it does much to set the political weather—a digital “public square”, as Mr…

The techno-king of Twitter

Backup Plan

In 2008, things were looking grim for Generac. The 49-year-old firm, which makes natural-gas-powered backup generators, had been acquired a couple of years earlier by CCMP Capital, a New York City private equity shop. To buy out the 81-year-old founder’s 70% stake, CCMP had loaded up the Milwaukee-based firm, which had just $700 million in sales, with $1.4 billion in debt. The timing was terrible. In 2006 and 2007, only one hurricane (a big driver of generator sales) made landfall on the U.S. mainland. Then the housing crash and Great Recession scored direct hits, cutting Generac’s earnings by a third before debt service and merger-related charges. CCMP was forced to pony up more cash to prevent a technical debt default and tapped Aaron Jagdfeld, a 33-year-old accountant who had risen internally…

Backup Plan
Litchfield Toyota GR Yaris

Litchfield Toyota GR Yaris

LITCHFIELD HAS AN EYE FOR SPOTTING cult cars and then working quickly to offer upgrades. It did it with the Alpine A110 and such is the firm’s reputation that owners were sending their brand new cars to its workshops to be upgraded before they’d even driven them. So it’s no surprise that the Toyota GR Yaris has attracted similar attention, Litchfield already offering a suspension upgrade as well as an engine uplift that takes the 1.6-litre triple to just over 300bhp. Given the deluge of positive press the Yaris has had, you’d think it was beyond improvement, but a bit more power never does any harm, does it? I’m more interested in the suspension work, though, because I feel like I’m a rare dissenting voice on this aspect of the car. I…

MINDING THE GAP

MINDING THE GAP

HOW UPSET WOULD you be? One lovely May afternoon you are cruising along, doing no-one any harm, in your Ferrari 275 GTB/4, resplendent in Rosso Rubino. Your pride and joy, paid for over many years by the sweat of your brow. As you slow carefully behind a truck for some traffic lights, the idiot in the white van behind you is texting on his mobile. He fails to notice the red light, and suddenly SCREECH, BANG, CRUNCH! Your most-prized asset has become the red meat in the sandwich. That gorgeous Kamm tail has been shortened by at least six inches and the petrol tank is ruptured, fuel everywhere. The shapely grille, nose and those delicate bumperettes are squashed horribly into the truck in front. Not only a broken radiator and both…

THE AWESOME POWER OF SLEEP

Our 24/7 society seems to be slowly robbing us of our slumber, but at what cost? Sleep is the single most effective thing we do each day to reset the health of our brain and body. It’s an extraordinary elixir that can help you age well and live longer. Here’s what we know about Mother Nature’s cure-all... WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE TOO LITTLE SLEEP? Short sleep is associated with an increased chance of having high blood pressure, a heart attack, and/or a stroke. Even the loss of a single hour of sleep can be heartbreaking, quite literally. There is a global experiment conducted on over 1.5 billion people across 70 countries twice a year. You know of this experiment. It is called Daylight Saving Time. According to a study published in 2014…

THE AWESOME POWER OF SLEEP

INSTANT UPGRADES REDMI NOTE 10 PRO

FIRST ADD THESE… ONE DJI OM 4 As impressive as the Redmi Note 10 Pro’s rear camera array is, it misses out on optical image stabilisation, which would have helped keep its main 108MP cam nice and steady. But all is not lost! Avoid blurry photos and wobbly videos with the best mobile gimbal on the block: the collapsible, compact, exceptionally capable DJI OM4. £139 / dji.com TWO CANON SELPHY SQUARE QX10 If the Note 10 Pro is an Instagram dream with its banging camera, then the Selphy Square is its perfect partner. This portable printer can churn out an old-school 6.8cm-square photo in 43 seconds. It’s small enough to pop in a bag, and Canon claims its prints will last 100 years. We’ll just have to take their word for that… £145 / canon.co.uk THREE NURATRUE Aussie company Nura is…

INSTANT UPGRADES REDMI NOTE 10 PRO
iPad Pro (2021): 5 standout features that make the best tablet even better

iPad Pro (2021): 5 standout features that make the best tablet even better

Apple released a new iPad Pro in 2020—a year and a half after the prior update—but it wasn’t much of a change. A new camera module that included LiDAR and an Ultra Wide lens were fine features, but the iPad isn’t really the thing people reach for when they want to take great photos. The processor was updated to the A12Z, which was just the same as the A12X but with a single GPU core, disabled on the A12X, reenabled. The iPad had more storage, but that’s just a function of the inevitable march of time. So the iPad Pro was overdue for a more significant update, and with the new 5th-generation iPad Pro, we finally have it. Here are the highlights that make this year’s iPad Pro special. THE M1 PROCESSOR…

Who’s Going to Regulate Crypto?

Who’s Going to Regulate Crypto?

It was a classic Washington networking party. Sam Bankman-Fried, the co-founder and chief executive officer of FTX, one of the world’s largest crypto trading platforms, held court on a February evening in a private room at the Park Hyatt hotel on the edge of Georgetown. Drinks flowed from an open bar, and hors d’oeuvres were served to the clutch of congressional aides, financial lobbyists, and former regulators. The goal of Bankman-Fried, a 30-year-old billionaire, was to showcase his new lobbying operation—and to persuade influential Washingtonians that crypto needs more regulation. It may seem strange that a crypto magnate is seeking federal oversight. But as lawmakers and bureaucrats grapple with how to police a fast-growing and risky $2 trillion market, new rules seem inevitable. In March, President Joe Biden signed an executive…

Laggard Doesn’t (Always) Mean Loser

Laggard Doesn’t (Always) Mean Loser

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has given drugmakers the kind of brand-name shorthand usually reserved for more mundane consumer products: People talk about getting Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, or Astra much as they might reach for a Kleenex or a Popsicle. And those companies have contracts to provide billions of doses, appearing to leave little room for other entrants. So why are dozens of hopefuls still working on shots? The answer is that while early leaders stand to book immense profits, the problem is big enough—and the continuing challenges daunting enough—to leave room for at least a few more companies. The offerings of two that got to the market quickly, AstraZeneca Plc and Johnson & Johnson, have been linked to rare blood clots, slowing their rollout. The handling requirements and high cost of…

FREE SPIRIT

Can Martha Argerich really be 80? Sure enough, her contemporaries – the pianists we grew up with – are reaching similar milestones: Brendel turned 90 a few months back, Ashkenazy has passed 80, Barenboim does so next year. But there is something eternally youthful about Argerich, which may in part be down to the very human qualities we perceive in her personality – and a smile that charms now just as it did when she was younger – but fundamentally stems from her piano-playing. Brendel retired at the age of 77, while Ashkenazy and Barenboim have long been more prominent on the conductor’s podium. Argerich, uniquely, still plays the piano with the energy and effervescence that have defined her music-making for as long as we can remember. It is well known…

FREE SPIRIT
StarlinkThe satellites that saved Ukraine

StarlinkThe satellites that saved Ukraine

IT IS ONE of the wonders of the world—or, more accurately, off the world. The Starlink constellation currently consists of 3,335 active satellites; roughly half of all working satellites are Starlinks. In the past six months new satellites have been added at a rate of more than 20 a week, on average. SpaceX, the company which created Starlink, is offering it as a way of providing off-grid high-bandwidth internet access to consumers in 45 countries. A million or so have become subscribers. And a huge part of the traffic flowing through the system currently comes from Ukraine. Starlink has become an integral part of the country’s military and civil response to Russia’s invasion. Envisaged as a celestial side-hustle that might help pay for the Mars missions dear to the founder of…

Ideology versus prosperity

OVER THE past 20 years China has been the biggest and most reliable source of growth in the world economy. It contributed a quarter of the rise in global GDP over that period and expanded in 79 of 80 quarters. For most of the period since China opened up after Mao’s death, the Communist Party has taken a practical approach to making the country richer, mixing market reforms with state control. Now, however, China’s economy is in danger. The immediate issue is its zero-covid campaign, which has caused a slump and may condemn the economy to a stopstart pattern. That is compounding a bigger problem: President Xi Jinping’s ideological struggle to remake state capitalism (see Briefing). If it stays on this path China will grow more slowly and be less…

Ideology versus prosperity

Stuck in a rut

Rising oil prices will bring short-term relief, but may delay essential reforms TALK THAT everything is expensive fills the air at a market in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. Since February the minibus fare from home to the market has doubled, says Emmanuel Mokwe, who sells kitchen utensils. So has the price of food, he adds grimly. “It’s just chaos,” says Dotun Babande, who runs a juice shop across town. Inflation is running at 18%. For food it is 23%, the highest in two decades. More than half of Nigerians are underemployed or unemployed. Before covid-19 about 80m of Nigeria’s 200m people lived on less than the equivalent of $1.90 a day. The pandemic and population growth could see that figure rise to almost 100m by 2023, says the World Bank. Nigeria’s economic…

Stuck in a rut

Why 2022 mattered

IT WAS A year that put the world to the test. From the invasion of Ukraine to covid-19 in China, from inflation to climate change, from Sino-American tensions to pivotal elections, 2022 asked hard questions. The ordeal has not only sent the world in a new direction, but also shown it in a new light. The biggest surprise—and the most welcome—has been the resilience of broadly liberal countries in the West. When Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine on February 24th, he expected the government of a corrupt state to buckle. After a humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021, the decadent, divided West would surely fail to match condemnation of Russia with real backing for Ukraine. In fact Volodymyr Zelensky and his people affirmed that self-determination and liberty are worth dying…

Why 2022 mattered

Triumphal honours

EACH YEAR The Economist picks a “country of the year”. The award goes not to the biggest, the richest or the happiest, but to the one that in our view improved the most in 2021. Past winners have included Uzbekistan (for abolishing slavery), Colombia (for making peace) and Tunisia (for embracing democracy). This year was a difficult one. Covid-19 continued to spread misery, as brilliantly designed vaccines were unevenly distributed and new variants such as Omicron emerged. In many countries civil liberties and democratic norms were eroded. Russia’s main opposition leader was jailed. Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol. Civil wars gripped Ethiopia and Myanmar. Yet amid the gloom, a few countries shone. In tiny Samoa courts defused a constitutional crisis, tossed out the ruling party of 33 years and a…

Triumphal honours
DRIVERS PLAYING VIDEO GAMES? US IS LOOKING INTO TESLA CASE

DRIVERS PLAYING VIDEO GAMES? US IS LOOKING INTO TESLA CASE

Last August, Vince Patton was watching a YouTube video of a Tesla owner who had made a startling observation: Tesla drivers could now play a video game on their car’s touch-screen dashboard — while the vehicle is moving. Curious to see for himself, Patton drove his own 2021 Tesla Model 3 to an empty community college parking lot, activated a game called “Sky Force Reloaded” from a menu and did a few loops. “I was just dumbfounded that, yes, sure enough, this sophisticated video game came up,” said Patton, a 59-year-old retired broadcast journalist who lives near Portland, Oregon. He tried Solitaire, too, and was able to activate that game while driving. Later, he found he could browse the internet while his car was moving. Patton, who loves his car and says he…

RE-TALES

THIS ISSUE: Distributors reveal how and why they connect with the international companies they work with. Today’s audio distributors have their hands full, now more than ever. As I’ve discussed previously in this space, COVID-related failures in the global supply chain and related, large increases in the cost of freight have impacted audio just like most other industries. Now more than ever, companies rely on solid partnerships to carry them through. But which partners should they choose? How do distributors decide which manufacturers to partner with, and vice versa? I spoke with several distributors, asking how they connect with international manufacturers. How do they decide if it’s a good match? The considerations are many. Some are obvious. Others are less so. Every major distributor gets approached often by manufacturers seeking representation on this continent. Meanwhile,…

FAT FENDER RESCUE

FAT FENDER RESCUE

Although “barn find” is still a popular buzzword in the hot rod world, you’ll find that it is much more common to find an old car in a field or backyard. The unfortunate side of a field find or backyard discovery is that the car is typically not preserved as nicely as the ones that are stashed away under a roof. Such is the case with this forgotten fat-fender Ford that was recently pulled out of the weeds. This 1938 Ford Deluxe Coupe was found in the hills of Tennessee where it sat outside for most of its life, so it’s quite rough. You might notice that the paint is gone due to the abrasive cycle of sunshine, moisture, and of course, time. The climate plays a huge role in the…

Granblue Fantasy: Relink

Granblue Fantasy: Relink

“EACH CHARACTER HAS THEIR WEAPON OF CHOICE, ALTERING HOW THEY PLAY.” FORMAT PS5, PS4 / ETA 2022 / PUB CYGAMES DEV CYGAMES / PLAYERS 1-4 The road between this high-fantasy action RPG first being announced and its release later this year is a winding one. For one thing, it began with a different developer on board in 2016, and is now being developed solely by Cygames. But before we dig into all that, let’s begin with ‘Once upon a time…’ Granblue Fantasy debuted as a mobile-and browser-based game in 2014. Boasting the talents of both longtime Final Fantasy tunesmith Nobuo Uematsu and art director Hideo Minaba, the game quickly found success to the tune of millions of downloads. Released exclusively in Japan, the app features a fully localised English-language script despite not officially…

That’s Fresh

Eye Candy Up your glam factor with these foolproof tips from Violette, the beloved French makeup artist who just launched her own brand. Summer #HairGoals BRENDNETTA ASHLEY, STYLIST AT THE SALON BY INSTYLE INSIDE JCPENNEY, SHARES HER FAVORITE WARM-WEATHER WONDERS. Beauty Chat Nothing will make you feel more put together than a good lipstick, especially when it’s branded Badass. InStyle staffers reveal their preferred shades from our custom in-house line. PEACHY KEEN “I love nothing more than a great neutral pink, and this one is fantastic. Gorgeous consistency, and it stays on your kisser!”—LAURA BROWN, editor in chief REBEL ROUSER “I call this my power-face red. It’s one of those head-turning shades I always get compliments on, whether it’s via Zoom or in person. I swipe it on when I want to feel fierce, which is pretty much all…

That’s Fresh
SUPAIR'S STRIKE 2 LIGHT POD

SUPAIR'S STRIKE 2 LIGHT POD

RESERVE The Strike 2 has a front-mounted reserve with well shaped handle. The bridles run to the shoulder mounts in a zipped channel. There is a Velcro instrument holder on top POD MATERIAL The material is elasticated and keeps the the wind out well. Although light the materials do seem to stand up to some wear and tear, but like all lightweight kit, handle with care POD ADJUSTMENT Supair use a series of lines to regulate the length of the pod and the angle of the footboard. These are adjusted using plastic sliders rather than knots CLIP IN The harness is closed by clipping in the chest strap to the karabiners, you no longer have to step into one of the leg loops. Plastic clips are used on the pod closure lines REMOVABLE SEATBOARD The Strike comes fitted with…

2022 World Cup watch

2022 World Cup watch

1 Hannibal MEJBRI (TUNISIA) The19-year-old midfielder made eight times as many appearances for his national team Tunisia as he did for club side Manchester United last season, but he will be hoping Erik ten Hag’s faith in youth will improve his chances of regular football at Old Trafford and a spot in the Eagles of Carthage’s World Cup squad come the winter. With his flying mop of curly hair, Mejbri has been a conspicuous presence for the North Africans over the last ten months, making appearances in the FIFA Arab Cup, Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup play-offs, plus the shock Kirin Cup win in Japan this summer, albeit mostly from the bench. A former French youth international at U16 and U17 level, there are high hopes that Mejbri will become…

IL DOPO CHE È ORA

«MIART NON È SOLO BUSINESS, MA L’OCCASIONE PER VEDERE UN’INCREDIBILE QUANTITÀ DI OPERE, CHE VA DAI PRIMI DEL ’900 AI GIORNI NOSTRI» NICOLA RICCIARDI La venticinquesima edizione di miart parla il linguaggio della poesia. Dal 17 al 19 settembre, parallelamente all’Art Week, la fiera internazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Milano torna a fieramilanocity con un programma ibrido, insieme fisico e digitale. E con un mantra, tratto dalla raccolta di versi omonima del poeta Charles Simić: Dismantling the Silence, ovvero “smantellare il silenzio” – quello che ha caratterizzato il mondo dell’arte e della cultura nell’ultimo anno e mezzo –, in cerca di nuovi modi di comunicare. A dirlo è il neodirettore Nicola Ricciardi, curatore e critico d’arte (è stato fino al 2020 direttore artistico del polo culturale OGR Torino) che cita anche…

IL DOPO CHE È ORA

10 for 22

Design is often two steps forward and one back, with some of the most coveted designs loosely referencing the past, yet taking us forward to see things in a new light. From furniture through to lighting, these 10 products selected by the est living editorial team capture the essence of what’s on the horizon for 2022 and beyond. Criteria selection is based on the product’s timelessness, the frequency of inclusion in projects, and the calibre of designer collaboration. View all 10 Products > 01. 590H VOLA MIXER Arne Jacobson The 590H one-handle VOLA mixer by Arne Jacobsen does so much with so little. Originally designed in 1969 for Danish brand VOLA, the mixer’s elegant form performs numerous functions and includes a swivel spout and water-saving aerator. 02. ACERBIS STORET Nanda Vigo The Acerbis Storet was first designed by…

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Svalbard warming is a warning

Svalbard warming is a warning

ONE year on, the people of Svalbard are still talking about July 2020. Longyearbyen, the biggest town of this Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic, is surrounded by snowy hills and is sub-zero for much of the year. But last July, temperatures spiked to more than 20°C for several days on end in a month that rarely sees a day above 10°C. This July, by contrast, has been slightly cooler than normal. “We are probably in for more warming globally than our previous best‑case scenarios” “There is a general feeling that things are not like they used to be,” says Kim Holmén at the Norwegian Polar Institute’s Longyearbyen office, which sits on the edge of the town, near the sea. Climate change has made Svalbard one of the fastest-warming parts of the Arctic.…

The world this week

Politics Deep into a second wave of covid-19 infections, the government in India lowered the age for inoculation to 18, liberalised the approval of vaccines, handed more power to the states and redirected oxygen supplies. New recorded cases have soared past 300,000 a day, up from 20,000 in early March. Australia and New Zealand inaugurated a travel bubble, allowing passengers to travel between the two countries without the need to quarantine. A fully vaccinated employee at Auckland airport tested positive for covid-19 a day after travel restarted. An Indonesian submarine carrying 53 sailors went missing while participating in a training exercise near Bali. The navy lost contact with the vessel soon after granting permission for a dive. An oil spill has been found nearby. Vladimir Putin used his stateof-the-union speech to warn the West…

The world this week

The winter war

RUSSIA IS MASSING men and arms for a new offensive. As soon as January, but more likely in the spring, it could launch a big attack from Donbas in the east, from the south or even from Belarus, a puppet state in the north. Russian troops will aim to drive back Ukrainian forces and could even stage a second attempt to take Kyiv, the capital. Those are not our words, but the assessment of the head of Ukraine’s armed forces, General Valery Zaluzhny. In an unprecedented series of briefings within the past fortnight the general, along with Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, and General Oleksandr Syrsky, the head of its ground forces, warned us of the critical few months ahead. “The Russians are preparing some 200,000 fresh troops,” General Zaluzhny told us.…

The winter war
Winter is coming

Winter is coming

“SOCIAL PEACE in Germany is being challenged,” declared Robert Habeck, Germany’s vice-chancellor, on July 7th. The villain: natural-gas prices. Russia is throttling Europe’s supplies in revenge for its support for Ukraine. In Germany, which relies on Russia for around one-third of its gas imports, energy bills are expected to soar. Gas prices will cause firms huge losses; ultimately, Mr Habeck fears, they could trigger a financial meltdown. The ultimate threat—a complete Russian cut-off—looks ever more plausible. Gazprom, Russia’s state-controlled gas goliath, has been squeezing the Europeans for months. S&P Global, a research firm, reckons that in June Russia piped just 4.7bn cubic metres (bcm) to Europe, barely a third of the level in early 2021 (see chart). The biggest gas flows come via Nord Stream 1 (NS1), which links Russia to…

Biden’s new China doctrine

OPTIMISTS LONG hoped that welcoming China into the global economy would make it a “responsible stakeholder”, and bring about political reform. As president, Donald Trump blasted that as weak. Now Joe Biden is converting Trumpian bombast into a doctrine that pits America against China, a struggle between rival political systems which, he says, can have only one winner. Between them, Mr Trump and Mr Biden have engineered the most dramatic break in American foreign policy in the five decades since Richard Nixon went to China. Mr Biden and his team base their doctrine on the belief that China is “less interested in coexistence and more interested in dominance”. The task of American policy is to blunt Chinese ambitions. America will work with China in areas of common interest, like climate change,…

Biden’s new China doctrine

Back from the dead

LATE ONE day in April 2002, a delicate blue-beige bird with a white collar and black eye mask was released into the dense forest on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The bird, a female, was one of just three remaining po’ouli (pronounced poh-oh-oolee), a species of honeycreeper that had been discovered in 1973. Believing there to be one male among the three, researchers were desperate to arrange a match. The birds, however, did not appear in the least bit concerned about the fate of their species. To help things along, earlier that day a team had caught the female, fitted her with a small radio transmitter and set her free where the male had last been seen. The next morning they set off with aerials to track the female’s progress.…

Back from the dead

Open up

FOR A LUCKY few, the mid-20th century was a golden age of air travel: there was plenty of room and the cabin crew were attentive. Back then foreign trips were glamorous and mass tourism was unknown. Sound familiar? Because of covid-19, foreign travel is once again the preserve of a happy few. International tourist arrivals are down by 85% from pre-pandemic days (see International section). Nearly a third of the world’s borders remain closed. Many of the remainder are open only to those who have been vaccinated or can afford tests. For those who dream of a return to the old days, this might sound appealing. For the rest of humanity, it is a scourge. Before the pandemic, travel accounted for 4.4% of GDP and nearly 7% of employment in rich countries.…

一起挺過去台灣關鍵14天戰疫

一起挺過去台灣關鍵14天戰疫

「老兵聽到炮彈飛過去的聲音,就知道事情不太對了……。」 台大急診室主治醫師石富元經歷過二○○三年SARS(嚴重急性呼吸道症候群)疫情的災難,十八年後,老兵竟然又遇到同樣嚴峻的狀況。五月十四日開始,台灣新冠肺炎(COVID-19)疫情猛爆惡化,從十五日的一八○個本土病例到十八日的二四○個本土病例,社區感染擴大,過去的太平好日子,忽然不見了。待過沙場的,嗅覺總是特別靈光,石富元苦笑,「兩、三周前,我就一直跟朋友說,能取消聚餐就盡量取消。」 疫情爆發後一年多的時間,「台灣馬照跑,舞照跳。」 但身處防疫第一線,石富元清楚知道病人不見得會一五一十交代自己的暴露史,再看到華航機師、諾富特飯店事件、宜蘭遊藝場病例,他已經嗅到,「風險明顯在堆高。」 風險積累著,而且現在它們凝結成巨大的壓力球,破空而來。 亞東醫院驚天96小時的啟示 台灣防疫進入新階段 亞東醫院五月十七日爆出九名院內感染個案,「院內感染」聽起來很不祥,也勾起人們對SARS疫情期間,和平醫院封院的恐怖回憶。人在火線上的亞東醫院副院長邱冠明,談起院內感染的始末,「疫情慢慢悶著,到了上週,所有狀況都變得有感……。」…

拜登規則

拜登規則

我們是美國,沒有什麼事情是我們無法一起做到的!」美國時間七月四日晚間,美國總統拜登在白宮南草坪舉辦的國慶日園遊會上,用這段話,為將近十五分鐘的致詞作結。 這場約千人出席的「派對」,相較於七月一日在北京天安門廣場舉行的中共建黨百年慶祝大典,規格顯得迷你;拜登著重美國如何逐漸擺脫疫情陰霾的談話,也明顯少了中共總書記習近平一番警告外來勢力恐將「頭破血流」的霸氣。 兩大強權,一周內的兩場慶典,東方巨龍的聲勢更為浩大,但華裔美籍的中國研究專家裴敏欣在中共建黨百年大典隔天撰文評論,對中國而言,「拜登,可能是更可怕的敵人。」理由是:「不同於川普以侮辱、威脅和關稅疏遠盟友,拜登修復了美國的聯盟,成功形塑一條相對團結的抗中戰線。」 六月,當台灣社會聚焦於新冠疫情,太平洋另一端的拜登政府則是連續出手,從最外顯的地緣政治,到5G戰、科技戰、金融戰,都像是在這一個月內完成了關鍵布陣,上任至今許多曖昧或決斷的背後意義,也似乎在此一個月間豁然開朗,攸關全球政經格局的「拜登規則」瞬間清晰──如同裴敏欣的解讀,這是一套「比川普更兇狠」的對中戰略。…

Covid catastrophe

APRIL 14TH was a big day in India. Hindus and Sikhs gathered to mark the new year. Many Muslims celebrated the first day of Ramadan at late-night feasts with friends and family. In Haridwar, a temple town that this year hosts the Kumbh Mela, an intermittent Hindu festival that is the world’s biggest religious gathering, between 1m and 3m people shoved and jostled to take a ritual dip in the Ganges. And across the country, the number of people testing positive for covid-19 for the first time surpassed 200,000 in a single day. It has continued to surge since, reaching 315,000 just one week later—the highest daily figure in any country at any point during the pandemic. Deaths, too, are beginning to soar, and suspicions abound that the grisly official…

Covid catastrophe
Why you should apply design thinking to the employee experience

Why you should apply design thinking to the employee experience

The tools of talent management — hiring, on-boarding, performance reviews — are changing, some for now, others for good. Teamwork, collaboration, and tacit knowledge-sharing have also been disrupted. The mere fact that many people are separated from friends and colleagues, which can strain their relationships, is a big deal: Affirmative answers to the question “Do you have a best friend at work?” consistently correlate with higher employee retention, better customer metrics, increased productivity, and greater profitability, according to Gallup. Quite simply, work is different today. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended workplace routines and destroyed norms. Team rooms have become Zoom rooms. Gone are the informal chats in the hallway or by the coffee machine. Bullpens and hoteling designs are out, private offices are in, off-sites are over, and business travel has…

RAISING THE BAA

RAISING THE BAA

It's highly likely that at some stage, you'll come face to face with a sheep eye-balling you through the floor-to-ceiling windows in this house. Led by Fiona Dunin of Melbourne's FMD Architects, the design of this rural dwelling on Tasmania's Bruny Island quite deliberately planned for that kind of calm ovine contemplation when responding to a brief for a low-maintenance home with a close connection to its immediate and wider surrounds — a contemporary interpretation of the Australian farmhouse. The homeowners — a couple who divide their days between this working sheep farm and city life in Melbourne — also sought a house that could accommodate just the two of them for most of the year, and 20 or more guests at other times. The resulting shed-like dwelling (named Coopworth after…

Range Rover Sport P530 First Edition

Range Rover Sport P530 First Edition

ARE WE SECRET PERFORMANCE SUV fanboys? Protesting to the point of distraction, hoping you won’t notice our hidden-in-plain-sight addiction to 2500kg behemoths with the dynamics of a supertanker and an image as palatable as a pub chain’s mid-week meal deal? I raise it only because a reader asked me. We have, after all, run performance versions of SUVs on evo’s Fast Fleet ever since the original Cayenne Turbo came to stay over a decade ago. There’s been the odd Range Rover, including the Sport, too, and for some unfathomable reason, an Evoque. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Aston Martin DBX, Jaguar F-Pace SVR, a couple of Skoda Kodiaq vRSs, and a very orange Lamborghini Urus have all been through the car park gates. In 25 years that’s more SUVs than 911s to…

HOW TO BE DISHWASHER SAVVY

HOW TO BE DISHWASHER SAVVY

The dishwasher has evolved from a luxury into a must-have, time-saving kitchen appliance. As compared to hand-washing dishes, it saves about 4,000 gallons (18,185 litres) of water over its lifetime, according to the US-based nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council. When switching from hand-washing to a dishwasher when designing a new kitchen, choosing the right one is essential. Follow this guide to select the best dishwasher for your needs. TYPES OF DISHWASHERS BUILT-IN Built into the countertop, these are the most popular type of dishwasher in homes. Usually located near the kitchen sink, they require a plumbing connection. Built-in dishwashers come in two sizes: standard or compact. The standard size can accommodate 12 to 16 place settings per wash, while the compact size can accommodate eight to 10 per wash. A place setting typically consists…

Fun and Games

While 2020’s Summer Games were a year late, the 2022 Winter Games are right on schedule. But not missing a beat means surprises—especially for the athletes. (Surprise number one: Their events are already complicated by politics, with the U.S. staging a diplomatic boycott—athletes will still attend; dignitaries will not—in protest of China’s human rights record.) Ski slopes that are being groomed at this moment on Xiaohaituo Mountain, in Yanqing National Park, about 60 miles north of Beijing, were originally scheduled to host a 2021 trial run. That was canceled, due to the pandemic. This month, skiers will be meeting the mountain for the first time. “None of us know it,” says Mikaela Shiffrin, 26, the alpine ski racer who has won two Olympic golds, “but what I’ve seen from the videos,…

Fun and Games
藏金聚落 直擊大台中奢華爆買力

藏金聚落 直擊大台中奢華爆買力

四月底,全台灣商用不動產最聚焦的話題,就是高鐵台中站正對面的超級大案──總開發面積十五.八三公頃,未來將規畫打造的「超級娛樂購物城」,於四月二十八日開標。這塊地上權七十年的商業用地,預計投資金額超過一五○億元,市場傳出包括國泰人壽、富邦人壽、南山人壽、新光三越、微風廣場等全台A咖聚集,都已磨刀霍霍準備投標。 「台中消費力太旺盛了,商用不動產熱到燙手,我上周曾在一天內,接到五個台中案子的委託,其中有商場評估、設計、市場調查等。過去一個月,我們有超過一半的時間都待在台中,這是從業以來沒有見過的情景。」房市專家瑞普萊坊市場研究暨顧問部總監黃舒衛表示。 商用不動產交易火熱 娛樂商場拔地而起A咖搶標高鐵購物城…

India Chops Away At Internet Freedom

India Chops Away At Internet Freedom

Sandeep Ravindranath, an Indian filmmaker, posted his latest work to YouTube in May. The video, a nine-minute fictional drama with no dialogue titled Anthem for Kashmir, depicts a young political activist on the lam from authorities. Indian viewers likely picked up on its numerous references to alleged extrajudicial murders in the heavily militarized province, which India and Pakistan have contested for decades. In late June, YouTube sent Ravindranath a note saying a government entity had complained about the film. The details of the government notice were confidential, it said, but the company was taking Anthem for Kashmir offline in the country. The filmmaker wasn’t surprised. “People have been thrown into prison for just Facebook posts,” he says. “It’s been gradual descent into—for lack of a better word, people have been calling…

Can Aluminum Really Go Green?

Can Aluminum Really Go Green?

As David DeYoung, then a director of business technologies at Alcoa, walked into Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., headquarters in September 2015, he knew that the stakes were high. DeYoung led a group of engineers who’d spent decades pursuing the holy grail for the notoriously dirty aluminum industry: a way to smelt the metal without producing any direct carbon emissions. Apple Inc., which Harbor Intelligence analyst Jorge Vazquez estimates uses almost 15,000 metric tons of aluminum annually for its electronics gear, had invited DeYoung to explain a potentially revolutionary carbonless manufacturing process for aluminum that his group was developing. Alcoa Inc. was on the verge of ending the DeYoung team’s yearslong search. To make the tension even worse, moments before DeYoung stepped into a roundtable with Apple engineers, he received word Alcoa was…

Heading to Washington?

Heading to Washington?

Meghan Markle has come a long way from her days opening briefcases on the NBC game show Deal or No Deal. And, according to multiple sources, she’s only just getting started. “Meghan has always been very driven and determined,” says an insider of the former actress, who has turned her attention towards global humanitarian efforts since marrying Prince Harry in 2018. “She wants to help people and politics is the best route for her to do that,” adds the insider. “The end goal is the White House.” She’s not wasting any time! According to the insider, Meghan’s already in talks with Vice President Kamala Harris’ people to find out how she can get more involved in Washington. “Meghan is serious about running for president in the future,” the insider tells Us.…

Is Zemmour the French Trump?

@brendanmarkcole “A person can become globally depleted to the point where they have no resources” » P.16 ÉRIC ZEMMOUR BECOMING PRESIDENT OF France would be a “disaster,” one political operative in Paris tells Newsweek as the shadow of the far-right TV host looms increasingly over next year’s election. Over the last few weeks, Zemmour—who was born in Paris to a Jewish family from Algeria—has been promoting his best seller France Hasn’t Had Its Last Word, which claims that Islam and immigration will destroy the country. On screen and on the front pages, the 63-year-old is riding a wave of media prominence built upon his popular talk show on CNews, a right-wing television network likened to Fox News that in May became France’s No. 1 news network for the first time. He openly promotes the “Great…

Is Zemmour the French Trump?

China’s toxic twins

CHINA HAS been trying to clean up its bad corporate debts for years. Although it made some progress before the pandemic, the task often seems interminable, it remains crucial for the country’s long-run economic development—and for the growing ranks of global investors with exposure to Chinese stocks and bonds. The government insists it wants more market discipline and a transparent process for letting firms default without blowing up the financial system. Now these claims are being tested by crises at Huarong, a state-run financial conglomerate, and Evergrande, the country’s largest property firm. Together they have some $540bn of liabilities, which they will struggle to repay (see China section). Their contrasting fates show that China’s approach is still driven by politics and improvisation not market forces and the rule of law. The level…

Clicks and middlemen

How e-commerce differs in Africa TO THE UNTRAINED eye Wakulima market in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, looks like pandemonium. Scores of workers push handcarts laden with fruit and vegetables, jostling past heaving crowds. Buyers and sellers loudly debate the quality of a papaya or the merits of an onion. It seems chaotic. But not to James. The wholesaler (who asked that his surname not be used) gazes serenely as hirelings toss pineapples out of an open lorry, while others arrange the spiky fruit in a dozen piles of varying price, size and juiciness. James is one of many middlemen keeping Kenyans fed. He buys produce from brokers, who have bought from farmers. Transporters take the goods to Wakulima, where James sells to informal retailers, who take the food to street stalls or kiosks,…

Clicks and middlemen
Elon Musk’s other company

Elon Musk’s other company

WHAT GOES up must come down. That was certainly true of bitcoin, a cryptocurrency enthusiastically endorsed by Elon Musk which surged in value in February after Tesla added $1.5bn-worth to its balance sheet. It plunged on May 12th after the carmaker stopped customers using bit-coin to buy its vehicles. Mr Musk worries about the use of fossil fuels to “mine” the cryptocurrency. More gracefully, on May 5th a prototype version of SpaceX’s massive “Starship” rocket—designed to be the biggest since the Saturn V that took the Apollo astronauts to the moon—rose 10km above Boca Chica in Texas, before flying itself back to its launchpad and landing gently on the ground. It was not Starship’s first high-altitude test flight. But it was the first that had ended without a fireball. It was…

The new office etiquette

AS THE VACCINATION programme in most countries accelerates, people will be thinking about going back to the office, if only for a couple of days a week. Many workers will have got out of the habits of the 9-to-5 day and the prevailing customs. The pandemic will also have changed attitudes towards behavioural traits that were seen as quite normal before the appearance of covid-19. Here are some suggested dos and don’ts for the new world order. Don’t tell others about your exotic holidays. Most people have had little to do but stare at the garden fence since the lockdown started. They don’t want to hear about your trip to the Maldives, even if you did sit through two weeks of quarantine afterwards. People only put up with the rules because…

The new office etiquette
War among the sensors

War among the sensors

THE WAR which began when Azerbaijan attacked its neighbour Armenia on September 27th 2020 was a bloody affair, with over 7,000 lives lost. The previous war between the countries, which dragged on from 1988 to 1994, had left Armenian forces occupying much of Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave within Azerbaijan. When, in 2020, the guns fell silent after just 44 days, Azerbaijan had taken back three-quarters of the territory those forces had held in and around the enclave—a victory as decisive as any in recent years. Azerbaijan had some advantages at the outset. It had a larger population and a bigger military budget, far more artillery pieces and a better equipped air force. That said, much of its equipment dated back to the Soviet era, which is to say to that…

BEST EVS WITH THE LONGEST DRIVING RANGE

BEST EVS WITH THE LONGEST DRIVING RANGE

Driving range is one of the most important factors for most shoppers in the market for an electric vehicle. The term “range anxiety” has been synonymous with EVs for most of their existence, but that shouldn’t be the case anymore. Many EVs can now drive about 300 miles or well north of that. And if you can charge daily at home or at work, then you should have sufficient EV driving range. Experts has conducted its real-world driving range test on over 40 EV models. The test is a mixture of city and highway driving. Below is a list of five EVs that have driven the farthest in our testing, starting with the longest. We also include EPA-estimated driving ranges as well. 2022 LUCID AIR DREAM EDITION RANGE The Lucid Air Dream Edition…

SURVIVING THE MEAN GIRLS

SURVIVING THE MEAN GIRLS

It happens every time, in every city, with every book tour. I’ll do a reading, and talk about my new book—where I got the inspiration, how I decided on a setting, which characters were my favorites, what messages I hope readers take away. I’ll answer questions from the audience; then, when there’s no global pandemic, I’ll sit and sign books and pose for pictures. Readers wait in line patiently. They wrap their arms around me, and press their cheeks close to mine as we smile for the camera. And every time, at least one woman touches my arm, and says, “I feel like we could be best friends!” I smile back, and say something polite. And every time, my heart breaks a little bit. Because, every time, a voice inside of me…

BODY TALK

BODY TALK

BEYONCÉ It’s not easy looking this good! “I have to work for it,” Beyoncé, 40, said of her killer figure. The Grammy winner watches what she eats — breakfast is scrambled egg whites or a green smoothie, and lunch and dinner are fish and veggies — does regular interval training and steps up cardio ahead of special events. “The truth is, it’s a lot of sacrifice,” the singer confessed, adding, “You have to push yourself.” CHRISHELL STAUSE The Selling Sunset star, 40, is dedicated to healthy living. Her meal plan includes lots of protein, fruits and veggies, and she hits the gym for hardcore HIIT workouts with Power 8 LA founder, Ocho. “We do heavyweight and plyometrics,” the trainer has said, “so that her body is always moving.” Sprinkle in twice-a-week low-impact Pilates…

ACTION FIGURES

#1 Clock 10,000 Steps a Day According to Harvard Medical School professor Dr I-Min Lee, the origins of this prevalent figure can be traced back to a Japanese company, whose pedometer is named Manpo-kei, or “10,000-steps-meter”. Can you count on it? It’s the default setting on many popular activity trackers, but research suggests that this is an imperfect prescription. Dr Lee’s studies suggest that while mortality rates progressively improve as we get in more steps, they level off at 7,500 per day. A separate study by the University of Texas at Austin, which examined metabolic responses to exercise, concluded that 5,000 steps are too few, but about 8,000 are likely sufficient. It’s difficult to separate out the benefits of walking compared to exercise in general. A better goal might be to shorten the…

ACTION FIGURES

Laura von Puttkamer Urban Development Specialist

“EVEN IF PRINTING SOCIAL HOUSING FOR THE MASSES WERE TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE TODAY, THE TECHNOLOGY CANNOT SOLVE EVERY PROBLEM.” In March 2021, Germany’s first 3D printed house in Beckum is set to be completed. In China, Russia and many other countries, first trial neighbourhoods consisting exclusively of 3D printed houses are starting to mushroom. In Mexico’s federal state of Tabasco, a non-profit organisation has built several complete homes using 3D printing. This works with a combination of cement and advanced additives. The mixture is printed from a huge printer that layers the material. Within days, a whole house can be printed. Advantages of 3D printing houses seem convincing: the material is very resistant, withstands even extreme climatic conditions and can be manufactured anywhere in the world. Completion of a 3D printed house is…

ETERNAL SUNSHINE

Megan O’Neill wore a neon green veil to her 2015 wedding. In other words, she has forever been drawn to the idiosyncratic. It would make sense, then, that she was convinced to buy a three-story Brooklyn brownstone four years later after seeing a decrepit basketball hoop in the backyard. “It just felt so cool and urban,” says O’Neill. “I loved it.” Some might be deterred by a house’s quirks. But O’Neill, the senior beauty editor at Goop, and her husband, Jesse Bull, president of an immersive video game startup, saw their potential. The exposed brick and wood beams; the airy, loftlike layout; and the painted-over window that later turned out to be a skylight all attracted the couple to the 1910 property in Bushwick, the neighborhood O’Neill has called home for…

ETERNAL SUNSHINE

THE SQUAD

• = caps, goals, clubs and ages (as of 14.05.21) GOALKEEPERS Dean HENDERSON Manchester United Age 24 (12.03.97) A strong finish to the season between the sticks at Manchester United could make him a candidate for the No.1 jersey. Jordan PICKFORD Everton Age 27 (07.03.94) In spite of some sketchy form, Southgate has remained loyal to the Everton goalkeeper since the World Cup, largely due to his distribution skills. Nick POPE Burnley Age 29 (19.04.92) Arguably the best shot-stopper at Southgate’s disposal, Pope’s weakness with the ball at his feet were exposed during March’s World Cup qualifiers. DEFENDERS Ben CHILWELL Chelsea Age 24 (21.12.96) Started five of England’s eight qualifiers before joining Chelsea for £45m, yet the left-back’s place in the side is still not guaranteed. Conor COADY Wolverhampton Wanderers Age 28 (25.02.93) Coady’s experience at the heart of Wolves’ back three over the last few seasons has made him a valuable…

THE SQUAD

MORE THAN DRESSED UP

If there was one sporty bike which I thought would never be available with a fairing, it was the Speed Triple, the bike Triumph initially promoted with a Rottweiler. When it was first launched it was a naked beast of a machine – all no-nonsense attitude. I came very close to buying one, but couldn’t get the deal I wanted. Since those early days the Speed Triple has evolved to be much, much better, but it’s always been a naked with attitude. Never dressed up, never compromised. Until now? OK, I’ll confess: I’ve fallen in love with the Speed Triple, again. The RR, with its svelte half fairing, is stunning to my eyes. I loved it in the pictures and when I threw my leg over one the love of that first model…

MORE THAN DRESSED UP
CLEAR VISION

CLEAR VISION

This was my lifelong dream,” says Deborra-lee Furness of building her family a home from scratch. “It’s like, bucket list, tick it off. I’ve done it, and I loved it.” A six-year endeavor, from start to finish, the East Hampton project had actually been a lifetime in the making. “I had this inspiration book,” explains Furness. “I’d always stick things in it, and everyone used to give me shit. And then when I finally did the house, all my girlfriends from Australia came back, and they go, ‘Oh, my God, the book has come to life.’” More than a ragtag collection of resources and tear sheets, Furness’s book had become a repository for evocative design and art moments, ones that had impressed upon her a strong mood or feeling. “I took influences…

NEWCASTLE UNITED

THE PLAN Not a day since October’s takeover has passed without people (non-Newcastle supporters) throwing around words like “Mbappe”, “Neymar” or “250,000-seat-Greggs-Arena”. If the club is to become a genuine world football force then it’s going to be gradual, not ‘Eddie’s Samba Mags Premier League Title 22-23’. Last season’s improbable 11th place – they are the first top-flight side since 1990-91 to fail to win any of their opening 14 league matches and avoid the drop – suggests the top eight is possible. That may sound boring, but the season Manchester City signed Robinho, they were 18th at Christmas. Being backed by the sovereign wealth fund of an authoritarian nation means decisions are on front and back pages. Some fans will find that impossible to look past, others won’t give it…

NEWCASTLE UNITED
The Great Game

The Great Game

IT HAS BEEN a bad month for imperial hubris. First Joe Biden admitted the failure of America’s effort to export liberal democracy to Afghanistan. Now European football fans have rejected another attempted American export, in the form of the reviled European Super League, even more crushingly. Most Afghans were ambivalent about America’s democratising. By contrast, the response of European players, coaches and fans to the effort to export the American sporting model was unanimous and furious. A former captain of Manchester United (owned by the Glazer family, who also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers), described the League as a “criminal act” against the fans. The captain and manager of Liverpool football club, which is mostly owned by the American investor John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox, also condemned it. Supporters…

Little steps, many lives

TESTING STATIONS are being removed from city streets. The enforcers of “zero-covid” are nowhere to be found. In China’s battle against covid-19, the state has disappeared from the front lines. For nearly three years President Xi Jinping tried to contain the virus, calling his efforts a “people’s war”. Now he has surrendered and the people must live with the enemy. Mr Xi is not the first leader to conclude that such a fight was unwinnable. But before ditching their zero-covid policies, other countries first took pains to administer vaccines, stockpile antiviral drugs and draw up treatment guidelines. China had ample time to do all of that. Yet more than two years after the first vaccine proved effective, the country remains ill-prepared. That has made opening up much more dangerous than it…

Little steps, many lives

The world this week

Politics Finland and Sweden both formally submitted their applications to join NATO. The two Nordic countries had stayed outside the alliance since its inception in 1949, for fear of provoking the Kremlin. But since Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, Swedes and Finns have decided they would be safer inside than out. Rapid acceptance of the two wouldbe members is expected, although Turkey is raising objections. NATO’s border with Russia will double in length. Russian forces pulled back from the area around Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city. It is no longer in range of Russian artillery, having been pounded since the start of the war in February. Elsewhere, the invaders continued to make slow progress. In Mariupol more than 250 fighters, who had been holed up in the Azovstal steel works, surrendered. An unknown number…

The world this week

The world this week

Politics Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets all over Cuba. They have a long list of complaints, from the communist dictatorship’s inept handling of covid-19 to empty supermarket shelves and power cuts. Miguel Díaz-Canel, the president, decried the protests, the largest sign of popular revolt in six decades, and deployed riot police. Nearly 150 people have gone missing. Many of these are thought to have been arrested. It remained unclear who was behind the murder last week of Jovenel Moïse, the president of Haiti. The national chief of police declared that a Haitian doctor who lives in Florida plotted the attack. More than a dozen former Colombian soldiers said to have been involved in the plot were paraded on Haitian television. Conspiracy theories abound, involving senior Haitian politicians. A power vacuum…

The world this week
The view from Tokyo

The view from Tokyo

What Japan makes of China THE FIRST reliable records of an official mission from Japan to China date to 238AD, when Himiko, a Japanese queen, dispatched a delegation to China’s Wei kingdom, offering as tribute ten slaves and two 20-foot-long textiles. By the 7th century the Yamato, a clan that ruled much of Japan at the time, was regularly sending envoys with tributes to the Sui and Tang courts. Japan adopted China’s system of writing; Japanese monks and scholars absorbed China’s religions. Japan has remained a close, if wary, observer of its bigger neighbour over the centuries. In the late 1970s and 1980s, motivated in part by guilt over wartime atrocities, Japan helped China modernise. Japanese firms were among the first to tap into its growing market. Japanese leaders also raised early…

First as tragedy

First as tragedy

A second wave was inevitable. The government’s failures were not A MERE THREE months ago India was starting to feel good about itself. The wave of covid-19 that crested in the autumn seemed to be ebbing away. True, the virus had stolen lives and battered livelihoods, but now schools were reopening, friends were getting together and a looming season of state elections promised a return to normal politics. Best of all for many in a cricket-mad country, India’s team had just roared back from a rocky start to snatch victory over a fierce rival, Australia. Addressing university students in late January, Narendra Modi, the prime minister, drew parallels between cricketing glory and his government’s war on covid, noting that both situations presented challenges that required a positive mindset. “With made-in-India solutions, we…

CRYPTO EXECS HEAD TO CAPITOL AS CONGRESS MULLS REGULATIONS

CRYPTO EXECS HEAD TO CAPITOL AS CONGRESS MULLS REGULATIONS

Cryptocurrency executives went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to say their fast-growing industry understands more regulation is likely coming, but they don’t want it to squelch the next wave of the internet or send it offshore to other countries. Leaders from major crypto exchanges, mining and other related businesses testified for four-and-a-half hours before the financial services committee of the House of Representatives, which wanted to learn more about how the industry works as it wrangles with how to regulate it. Much of the discussion centered on protections for investors in a burgeoning ecosystem that critics have called the “Wild West.” Questions from Congressional members ranged from 101-level discourses about what “stablecoins” are — they’re digital coins pegged to the U.S. dollar or something similar to hold a stable value — to the…

Bordeaux 2019 revisited: an early taste and rating

St-Estèphe 1 TOP SCORING Château Montrose 2CC 99 £113.33 (ib)-£145 A generous and abundant nose full of fruit and aromatic intensity followed by a gorgeous mouthfeel showcasing fruit density and concentration wrapped up in soft, velvety-smooth tannins. Just so much depth but also refinement, with just the right amount of fruit, toasty spice, tannins, freshness and acidity. The overall structure gently frames all the elements – big and bold but quietly confident. The tannin impact is also enjoyable, giving a feeling of approachability despite the long life ahead. Superb. Drink 2029-2046 Alcohol 14.5% TOP SCORING Château Cos d’Estournel 2CC 98 £120 (ib)-£185 Vivid red-purple rim to the glass; blue fruits, plums and black cherries presented with a pleasant floral aspect alongside a wonderful freshly brewed coffee aroma, soft and delicate but just noticeable. This is absolutely…

Bordeaux 2019 revisited: an early taste and rating

Vilnius

Built at the confluence of two rivers, the city is famous of its oldtown – one of the largest surviving medieval urban fabrics in Northern Europe, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. During the Industrial Revolution, which spurred the growth of many European cities, Lithuania was under the rule of the Russian Empire. Its capital Vilnius was a provincial centre at the periphery, therefore the urban development of that period was rather slow. Although it sounds disadvantageous, it allowed Vilnius to preserve its meandering, somewhat accidental medieval oldtown street structure as a foundational ground for the future character of the city – diverse, spontaneous and organic. Highly multicultural due to its history, Vilnius was often the place where the interests of various countries and political groups collided. Even…

Vilnius

APPS IN THE ALPS VS NOW-CASTING

My son Martin and I did our fourth Alpine vol-biv adventure on a tandem paraglider in August. We started this father-son tradition back in 2017 when he was just eight. Our rules are simple. We have a start launch and a goal and usually about seven days to attempt to reach it. Once we start we only travel by foot and wing. This year the goal was Annecy, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. Unfortunately the weather was not great: we got to the end of the Aravis on the first day, but then only managed two slightly extended sled rides and a whole lot of walking. Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun. The question I want to consider here though is how did the different weather apps match up to the real-world…

APPS IN THE ALPS VS NOW-CASTING

WEAVING INNOVATION

When you decided to join your family business, what were your goals? Seematti (seematti.com) was started in 1910 by my grandfather, S Veeriah Reddiar. I joined it in 1980 after my graduation. I was interested in Indian ethnic wear, bridal wear, and celebratory wear from different parts of the country. I wanted to associate with the artisans who created these beautiful pieces, especially those from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh, and help them create new designs through Seematti. What was it like to grow up in a household that cherished textiles? Do you remember the first sari you owned? My father adored Seematti. He used to work day in and day out to build it up. He looked after the family as well as the business. I was the only daughter, and…

WEAVING INNOVATION
LIVING THE DREAM

LIVING THE DREAM

An unapologetically self-identified maximalist, Justina Blakeney founded trendsetting design blog Jungalow back in 2009 to bring her personal vision of beauty into the world and help others tap into their creativity by better expressing themselves inside their homes. Since then, she’s continued building the Jungalow empire, launching its namesake design brand in 2014 and cultivating a passionately engaged digital community that follows her every move. While the pandemic slowed the world down, Blakeney was busier than ever, publishing her third book, Jungalow: Decorate Wild, and expanding the Opalhouse designed with Jungalow collection for Target. On top of all that, she and her husband, Jason Rosencrantz, and their now nine-year-old daughter, Ida, were also creating a new home. The multihyphenate entrepreneur vividly recalls the first apartment she lived on her own at…

ACCIDENT BRIEFS

Cessna 310F Orange, Massachusetts/Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor The pilot and passenger were on a pleasure flight in the multi-engine airplane and at the last moment the pilot decided to conduct a touch-and-go landing and takeoff at a nearby airport. During a short final leg of the landing approach, the pilot recalled seeing white and red lights on the left side of the runway and believed these were visual approach slope indicator lights. He was uncertain of what light color arrangement indicated a proper glide path to the runway. As the airplane approached the runway, the lights started to flicker, at which time the pilot applied full engine power, but the airplane immediately collided with trees and came to rest inverted. The pilot stated that there was less ambient light than he…

A Marshall Plan for Energy

A Marshall Plan for Energy

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has thrust liquefied natural gas into the international spotlight. LNG is natural gas that’s been chilled to a liquid so it can be loaded onto huge tankers and shipped to countries that use it for heating and power generation. While demand for the fuel has soared in Asia, Europe has been slow to embrace it as an alternative to cheaper, piped natural gas from Russia, which supplies 40% of its needs. That changed when a war broke out on Europe’s eastern flank, sending already volatile gas prices surging. In a deal unveiled on March 25, the U.S. has committed to working with international partners to boost supplies of LNG to European countries to about 1.8 trillion cubic feet (50 billion cubic meters) annually by 2030. U.S. shipments to…

how @jack got crypto-pilled

As he walked onstage at the Bitcoin 2021 conference in Miami, Jack Dorsey was still technically the chief executive officer of two publicly traded companies, but he looked more like a beachside bartender. He wore a sunburst tie-dye shirt, with his head shaved and his long, graying beard untrimmed. He’d flown to South Florida, even though the official policy at one of his companies, Twitter, was that employees weren’t supposed to travel for work, and even though a group of activist investors had spent the better part of the previous 18 months trying to oust him for being unfocused. No matter: Dorsey had resolved to enjoy himself in the most Jack Dorsey way possible. He went to the beach with a twentysomething model, Flora Carter, had dinner with Dave Portnoy, the…

how @jack got crypto-pilled
India at breaking point

India at breaking point

“OXYGEN Express” trains are rerouting supplies across India to meet a severe shortage of medical-grade oxygen, as the country’s new coronavirus cases hit record peaks for six days in a row. At Dr Zakir Hussain Hospital in Maharashtra, 24 people with covid-19 died due to disruptions in oxygen supply on 21 April. Many such deaths continue to be reported across the country. “So many people, including my grandmother, died before my eyes,” says Vicky Jadhav, whose grandmother was at the hospital in Maharashtra. “I tried to revive her after borrowing an oxygen cylinder from a dead patient. But she did not live. I tried to do that for other patients too, but none of them survived. Many of those dead were young.” India reported 352,991 new coronavirus cases and 2812 deaths on 25…

Internet from the sky

“IT’S A FACT: we’re in a space race.” So said Bill Nelson, the boss of NASA, on January 1st. If China managed to land on the Moon before America returned there, he warned, it could seize lunar resources for itself, and even tell America: “Keep out, we’re here, this is our territory.” Mr Nelson is right to foresee a space race, but wrong to focus on the Moon. It has symbolic value, but no useful resources that cannot be obtained much more easily back on Earth. The next space race has been triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It is happening closer to Earth. And it is one which America, thanks largely to a single company, is winning. The company is SpaceX. Founded by Elon Musk to enable the colonisation of Mars,…

The world this week

Politics The last American soldiers left Afghanistan, bringing an end to their 20-year mission. Taliban fighters celebrated, donning American uniforms and taking selfies with abandoned military equipment. The death toll from a suicide-bombing at Kabul airport passed 170. An American drone strike killed suicide-bombers preparing for another attack; the Taliban said ten civilians also died. Joe Biden described the evacuation as an “extraordinary success”, despite the many Afghans who helped America and have been left behind to face Taliban reprisals. Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana, leaving 1m people without power. Its remnants brought flooding to New York, shutting down the city’s subway system. Residents were told not to use their cars. America’s Supreme Court refused to stop a Texan law coming into force that in effect bans abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy.…

The world this week

Red hot

BLESSED ARE the cheesemakers. A revival in restaurant visits in America has fed demand for one of the more obscure financial instruments—cheese futures. The number of contracts traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange surged last month. It is not only cheese that has melted up. A year-long rally in broader commodity markets shows few signs of cooling. Iron-ore prices are at record highs. A boom in American housing has driven timber prices to a new peak. Corn and soyabean prices are at their highest since 2013. If you are looking for a paradigm for the immediate post-virus economy, in which supply snags lead to higher prices as activity revives, then commodity markets provide it. Bottlenecks are everywhere. Corn production has been hurt by dry weather. The supply of industrial metals has…

Red hot

The price is wrong

THE FESTIVAL OF SACRIFICE, which started across the Muslim world on July 9th, celebrates the prophet Abraham’s willingness to take his son’s life when asked by God to do so. (A lamb turned out to be enough in the end.) To this day the holiday features the ritual slaughter of an animal, usually a cow or a sheep, and the distribution of its meat to relatives and the needy. At livestock markets in Turkey, the act of buying the animal is often a ritual on its own. The seller and the buyer lock hands, begin haggling, and loosen their grip only when they have agreed on a price. The handshakes, which range from the vigorous to the downright violent, can last minutes. Wrists are occasionally sprained. Fingers can break. This year, the…

The price is wrong
The politics of floods

The politics of floods

EVEN A SHORT spell submerged in floodwaters is enough to transform a car into an eerie, unfamiliar object. A week after ferocious rains first battered the central province of Henan, the hulk of a white Toyota—fronds of waterweed wrapped round its buckled frame—lay on a muddy street in Mihe, a hard-hit riverside town, like a long-lost shipwreck. Just finding the car had taken several days, its owners explained. It had been carried two kilometres downstream by the Sishui river, storm-swollen into a murderous torrent many times its normal width. Scores died in the floods across Henan province, some of them in subway trains and road tunnels that remained open long after meteorologists issued a red-alert warning of lethal weather. China’s propaganda machine is on the defensive. It has cast this terrible…

MICROSOFT BUYS GAME MAKER ACTIVISION BLIZZARD FOR ABOUT $70B

MICROSOFT BUYS GAME MAKER ACTIVISION BLIZZARD FOR ABOUT $70B

Microsoft is paying nearly $70 billion for Activision Blizzard, the maker of Candy Crush and Call of Duty, to boost its competitiveness in mobile gaming and virtual-reality technology. The all-cash $68.7 billion deal will turn Microsoft, maker of the Xbox gaming system, into one of the world’s largest video game companies. It will also help it compete with tech rivals such as Meta, formerly Facebook, in creating immersive virtual worlds for both work and play. If the deal survives scrutiny from U.S. and European regulators in the coming months, it could be one of the biggest tech acquisitions in history. Dell bought data-storage company EMC in 2016 for around $60 billion. Activision has been buffeted for months by allegations of misconduct and unequal pay. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addressed the issue Tuesday in a…

習近平的新棋局

習近平的新棋局

為什麼一家市值原本高居世界第六、亞洲第一的巨獸級企業,會在半年內蒸發十兆新台幣、相當於七個鴻海的市值?為什麼這家公司跌落神壇的背後,是宣告一個中國最「夯」產業正在告別十年榮景,以及一場大規模的產業重整?又是為何,台灣將無法置身事外? 這家在資本市場締造悲情紀錄的主角,是騰訊。台灣電競玩家對它肯定不陌生,諸如《英雄聯盟》、《部落衝突》等熱門遊戲的開發商,都是由它實質掌控;台灣消費者經常網購的「蝦皮購物」,其新加坡母公司的最大股東,也是總部位於中國深圳的騰訊。 它是目前全球最大的遊戲公司。十年來,透過不斷投資併購,騰訊直接、間接擁有的遊戲公司超過一五○家,每年來自遊戲的營收比任天堂、索尼還龐大;它也是全球第二大社群媒體商,僅次於霸主臉書(Facebook),它的「微信」(WeChat)每月活躍用戶數逾十二億,幾乎是中國上網人口,這個基礎,也讓它的「微信支付」穩居中國第二大支付工具。…

當憂鬱症來敲門

當憂鬱症來敲門

藝人艾成、前立委黃義交……,近期,接連傳出名人墜樓身亡事件,甚至近日又發生三起大學生在宿舍墜樓死亡意外。這些死亡背後的沉默殺手,很可能,都是直指憂鬱症(depression)。 事實上,憂鬱症的「災情」,比你想得更嚴重! 翻開中央健保署的最新數據,二○二一年,全台診斷為憂鬱症的人數達近六十四萬人,十年來成長二四.四%;各年齡層就醫人數中,又以四十五到六十四歲近二十四萬人、占比三七%最高。至於十五到二十四歲,以及六十五歲以上的族群,則分別以八八.二%、六三.七%的成長率數字, 居十年增幅前兩高, 顯示在台灣,青少年與高齡憂鬱症患者正急速增加。 全台近六十四萬獲診斷為憂鬱症的患者中,依據健保署統計資料,近五年來,用藥人數和顆數都是逐年成長。去年五十一萬人用藥,一年更吃掉近一.四六億顆各類抗憂鬱劑、五年成長二四.八%,光是藥費,就花掉健保逾十五億元。 全國自殺防治中心的最新統計數據也揭示,二一年全台自殺通報人數超過四萬三千人,十年來成長五二.八%;其中,十五到二十四歲的青少年族群,自殺通報人數十年成長率更飆高到一九六%(詳見附圖)。…

R-Drive Image 7: The best backup now looks the part

R-Drive Image 7: The best backup now looks the part

With a variety of free backup programs available, including those that ship with your operating system, R-Drive Image is a program I’d pay for. That’s about as great a compliment as I can offer to a piece of software. The reason is simple. In all the years I’ve been using the low-resource-consuming program (nearly 20), it’s never failed once at its primary task of creating images of partitions or disks. Nearly every other backup program I’ve used has hiccuped in one way or another. In fact, I use R-Drive Image for backing up my backups and failing hard drives, where you may not get more than one shot at it. With version 7, a revamped interface makes the program even friendlier; the addition of file and folder backup fills the last remaining…

Men’sHealth HOME GYM AWARDS 2021

01 Best Bodyweight Workout Upgrade Adidas Door Gym Though press-ups and planks are effective, we won’t blame you if you feel they’ve become somewhat uninspiring over the past year. Take your bodyweight training up a level with a pull-up bar. Suitable for most frames, the Door Gym has padded grips for comfort to spare your forearms, with three handle variations so you can switch up your focus. It also extends a little further from the door than most bars, allowing for a greater range of motion. Plus, it can be used on the floor to pump up your press-ups. £24 amazon.co.uk 02 Best Barbell for Every-Level Athletes Eleiko XF 20kg Bar One for anyone who wants to perfect their push-jerk technique in the garden. “By choosing a good barbell, you’re not just improving your performance but…

Men’sHealth HOME GYM AWARDS 2021

THE ART of work

WHO OR WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR architectural modernists and classicism. But ENDURING CREATIVE INFLUENCES? Jeremy Bull, principal: I have always been inspired by I am a lover of history in all its fullness, from the pop of the cultural ‘now’ to the patina of the age-old structures. IS THERE A COMMON ELEMENT, AESTHETIC OR APPROACH THAT RUNS THROUGH YOUR WORK? The “mistakes” that result from handmade and natural things are gorgeous. We combine my contemporary and modernist architectural training with an interest in the makers and their materials and technologies. HOW DID ALEXANDER HOUSE COME ABOUT? I saw a need to develop away from our old commercial, open-plan office. I thought a flexible, purpose-built co-working space could better showcase our design work “in the flesh”, and our ecological mission would…

THE ART of work
GoFundMe SCAMMER

GoFundMe SCAMMER

FROM ONE ZERO MEDIUM Several years ago, I watched as my old classmate, Cynthia Smith, was publicly dying on Facebook. Her wisecracking, self-deprecating tone had suddenly given way to a sombre announcement, in 2014, that she had been secretly battling chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), a little-known neurological disorder with wide-ranging symptoms, though not typically fatal. Smith had always been a chronic over-sharer. She made jokes about her struggles with weight loss and her inability to nail down a boyfriend, and she invited all of her Facebook friends to her upcoming wedding, where she planned to marry a bag of jalapeño and cheddar Doritos. But after the CIDP announcement, she disappeared from her own Facebook feed as close advocates took over and started posting on her behalf. They also added a new group…

Garden to Grill

Garden to Grill

Cathy Poshusta has a thing for old houses. During the first decade of their marriage, she and her husband, Garrett, bought, lived in, and renovated five homes in Seattle, lovingly transforming them with their own hands. But in the summer of 2016, when she walked up the crumbling path of a worn-down farmhouse in the countryside outside Ellensburg, WA—a ranch town where she and Garrett both grew up—she experienced property lust on a different level. “I thought, I don’t just want to live in this house; I want to die in this house,” she says. “I fall in love with houses all the time, but with this one I had this great feeling I had never had before.” Looking at the place today, it’s not hard to see the appeal. With…

IN SEASON

CAULIFLOWER BAKE SERVES 6-8 “Baking vegetables in a cheesy béchamel is very decadent. This cooking technique suits all sorts of vegetables, and it is also a wonderful way to turn the fibrous parts of vegetables into velvety, creamy bites. We use the whole cauliflower – leaves, stems, the lot. The leaves and stems are fibrous, but sauté them into submission and they will give you great texture and flavour. Serve with a light green salad for a yummy easy dinner.” 1.5 kg whole cauliflower with leaves attached2 tbs butter2 tbs olive oil CHEESE SAUCE 4 cups (1L) full-cream milk120g unsalted butter80g plain flour400g grated mature cheese such as GruyereSalt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Strip the leaves and remove the stems from the cauliflower and chop both into 2cm pieces. Bring a large saucepan of…

IN SEASON
The Winter of Discontent

The Winter of Discontent

AS INDIA DESCENDED INTO A COVID-19 tragedy that dwarfed anything the country had experienced in the pandemic so far, with hospitals inundated, oxygen supplies short and vaccines reportedly being stolen from warehouses, American politicians seven thousand miles away were clamoring to end pandemic restrictions. Representative Jim Jordan railed at Dr. Anthony Fauci in the House chambers, “You don’t think Americans’ liberties have been threatened the last year, Dr. Fauci? They’ve been assaulted!” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey told Fox News, “We have been at this for more than a year now, and we have simply got to move forward. Endless government mandates are not the answer.” Many Americans are looking forward to a summer of quasi-normal human interactions, where it’s okay to invite your friends for a barbeque, belly up to a crowded…

Doses of scepticism

Doses of scepticism

Africa’s vaccination drive is off to a slow start—and not just because of scant supplies of inoculations AS A NURSE in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, Linda Banda is at the front of her country’s queue for a covid-19 vaccine. But she is wary. “I’m not sure it’s a safe move,” says the 26-year-old. Such attitudes are complicating Malawi’s plans. The country received its first vaccines on March 5th. Seven weeks later it has used only about half of its 512,000 doses, most of which came via COVAX , an alliance co-led by the World Health Organisation ( WHO ). About 16,000 doses are set for the incinerator after expiring last week. African countries can ill afford to waste vaccines. Just 6m doses have been administered in sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than in New…

Sapped of vitality

THE PROSPECT of recession may loom over the global economy today, but the rich world’s difficulties over growth are graver still. The long-run rate of growth has dwindled alarmingly, contributing to problems including stagnant living standards and fulminating populists. Between 1980 and 2000, GDP per person grew at an annual rate of 2.25% on average. Since then the pace of growth has sunk to about 1.1%. Although much of the slowdown reflects immutable forces such as ageing, some of it can be reversed. The problem is that, as we write this week (see Finance & economics section), reviving growth has slid perilously down politicians’ to-do lists. Their election manifestos are less focused on growth than before, and their appetite for reform has vanished. The latter half of the 20th century was a…

Sapped of vitality

How to deal with despots

FOR ABOUT 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Western foreign policy seemed to rest on sure foundations. Liberal values—democracy, open markets, human rights and the rule of law—had just prevailed over communism. America, the first and only global hyperpower, had the clout to impose this moral code against terrorists and tyrants. And tough love was justified, because history had shown that Western values were the uncontested formula for peace, prosperity and progress. Another 15 years on, Western foreign policy is in a mess. To see why, consider Muhammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Our summer double issue, featuring profiles and long reads, leads with a deeply reported portrait of MBS, as he is known. It illustrates the erosion of each of the three…

How to deal with despots

Covid confusion

AT THE END of the 19th century, bold officials and a young emperor tried to reform China’s last imperial dynasty. They made sweeping changes in education, the armed forces and the economy to help the creaky Qing empire catch up with Japan and Western powers. They failed. The “hundred-day reforms”, as they became known, were scrapped by the emperor’s conservative aunt, the Empress Dowager. China’s recent attempts to ease its draconian “zero-covid” controls were so ill-fated that some have dubbed them the “seven-day reforms”. They began on November 11th, when the government banned excessive mass testing, “arbitrary” lock-downs and other intrusive measures. Officials demanded more precise controls in order to limit the impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Shijiazhuang, a northern city of about 11m people, stopped requiring that those entering…

Covid confusion
Autumn of the patriarch

Autumn of the patriarch

A strongman plans his succession. Can he control the script? HIS HOURS-LONG speeches lack the pizzazz of yesteryear. He is said to tire more easily on his early-morning treadmill. Though still a stripling of an autocrat at 69 years of age, the shadows are lengthening on the rule of Hun Sen, Cambodia’s prime minister. He has run the country, in one form or another and increasingly ruthlessly, since 1985. That is longer than most Cambodians have been alive. Now Mr Hun Sen is starting to think of his legacy—and how to reshape it. He would love to acquire the respect that accrues to elder statesmen. The dictator is aware of his dim standing in the world. Mr Hun Sen’s repression of the political opposition and other civic groups has earned Cambodia pariah…

The world this week

Politics Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as prime minister of Sri Lanka amid a wave of violence, as the country endures its worst ever economic crisis. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the president and Mahinda’s younger brother, also came under pressure to step down. Protesters burned down politicians’ houses and a museum dedicated to the Rajapaksas, whom they blame for crippling shortages of food and fuel and for runaway inflation. Gotabaya called for the opposition to join a government of national unity and ordered the army to shoot rioters on sight. Ferdinand Marcos junior, better known as “Bongbong”, won the Philippines’ presidential election. The son of a former dictator, who was overthrown by the “People Power” revolution in 1986, Mr Marcos asked not to be judged by his ancestors but by his actions. One of his first…

The world this week

The world this week

Politics A congressional stalemate over whether to raise America’s debt ceiling showed signs of easing. Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, said he would support raising the limit until December, avoiding a sovereign default as early as October 18th. As a condition, he wants Democrats to raise the borrowing cap by a fixed amount, rather than suspend it altogether until some future time. December may bring another round of brinkmanship. A federal judge blocked an abortion law passed in Texas that allows anyone in America to sue anyone who helps someone in the state abort a fetus older than six weeks. Robert Pitman, whom Barack Obama nominated to the bench in 2014, forbade state courts from accepting suits under the law. Texas filed an appeal. The conservativemajority Supreme Court last…

The world this week

大戶教我的投資本事

台股市場交投熱絡,去年新開戶人數創下近年來新高,三十歲以下占比更是突破四成,而隨著大盤一路向上,指數奔向萬七,股民們不分年資長幼,進出操作多半也是順風順水……。這一切,對台股億元大戶、技術派名家蕭明道來說,真的就像是歷史重演。 那是在上個世紀的八○年代後期,台股迎來史上第一波激情狂潮,當時還不到三十歲的蕭明道,很快就在股市賺到億元身價。只不過,當股市狂潮退去,他又很快地賠光財富,不只來去一場空,甚至因為先前快速致富的經驗讓他對市場失去戒心,反倒負債千萬。 或許就是這段歷程的烙印太深刻,如今,面對前來求教的年輕學生,蕭明道給出的修煉功課絕不輕鬆,他認為,所有的操作,都要有嚴謹、扎實、系統性的訓練為基礎,在基礎之上,賺錢,才知道為何能賺;賠錢,也才知道如何修正再進化。…

大戶教我的投資本事