April 2017


5 Tips on How to Make the Best Homemade Burger

Yesterday, as you were stalking Instagram for the latest on Baby Archie’s christening among many other lazy activities, Pia Wurtzbach whipped up a burger. In fact, she got into a cook-off with her sister Sarah. #BurgerWars with @piawurtzbach tonight! Winner gets bragging rights 😂 Judges: @charlie_bigs @marlonstockinger who do you think should win? 🙋🏻😂 #italianburger […]

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Significant Digits For Monday, April 3, 2017

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. In honor of the women’s (Sunday) and men’s (Monday) NCAA basketball championship games, as well as Major League Baseball’s opening day — and not at all because regular author Walt Hickey asked sportswriter Neil Paine to fill in for him — […]


10 of the best music festivals in Europe

Whether they’re in countryside or a post-industrial landscape, Europe’s 2017 festival calendar means new events, old favourites, frenzied masses and boutique charm

A small festival in Katowice in south-west Poland, OFF has, over the past 10 years, built an international audience thanks to a challenging and intriguing mix of acts. This year’s selection emphasises female artists: singer-songwriters Feist and PJ Harvey headline, while Swedish art pop singer Anna von Hausswolff and classical composer turned electronic producer Anna Meredith are also on the bill. Meanwhile, the experimental poetry and performance project by afrofuturist Moor Mother will undoubtedly be an unmissable show.
4-6 August, £55, off-festival.pl

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Big Japanese manufacturers are gaining momentum

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Confidence is rising among big manufacturers in Japan, the latest data shows.

Japan’s quarterly Tankan survey released by the Japanese central bank showed that business sentiment improved in the sector for the second straight quarter.

The index rose from a reading of +11 to +12, which is the highest since December 2015 for the closely watched economic indicator.

It was short of market expectations, however, for a rise to +14.

The sentiment index arrives at a net figure from a simple calculation of positive respondents less negative respondents.

This chart from Investing.com shows the trend in Japanese manufacturer sentiment over the last year:

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The Tankan survey also found that big Japanese manufacturers expect an increase capital expenditure by 0.6% in the 12 months to the end of March 2018 (forecast -0.1%).

The survey adds to a strong recent run of positive sentiment in Japan, and will factor into the Bank of Japan’s next interest rate meeting on April 26/27.

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Are You Earning Less as A Woman? Should We Be Looking At Equitable Pay?

Most would assume that your salary will increase with your corporate rank. However, recent reports have highlighted that many women may not be receiving equitable pay when compared to their male peers. Equitable pay = fair pay based on the kind and quality of work done and not according to the age, race, sex, religion, political association, ethnic origin, or any other individual or group characteristic unrelated to ability, performance, and qualification. I Had Conversations With People Who Are Against Equal Pay For Equal Work In fact, it is a common perception that female employees tend to receive lower wages especially for women with management ranks. According to a study by the National University of Singapore Business School (March 1, 2017), women management executives are paid 43% lower on average than their male counterparts. This study was done on 199 companies that are listed on the Singapore Exchange. Some Reasons Why Women Are Earning Less 1. Women lack the ability to showcase enough competency for promotion Four in 10 (45%) of survey respondents from a recent survey by eFinancialCareers disagree that the remuneration for the top management is equitable for all. However, 70% of respondents agreed that entry-level positions provide similar […]

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Misen, the Internet-only knife brand, gets to paring

 When we last left Misen they were crowdfunding a very nice, very usable chef’s knife. They completed their crowdfunding goal and shipped the knife last year. Now they’re back with a paring knife for $30 and it’s pretty darn good. Given that almost anything – from jeans to sous vide machines – can get the high-tech, Internet-only treatment it’s to be… Read More


Two Retail Brands Are Being Sued for Copying Rihanna’s Creepers and Slides

Looks like Forever 21 and Topshop aren’t getting away with their Fenty Puma dupes. Puma is suing both retailers for selling knock-offs of Rihanna’s creepers and slides. TMZ reports that Puma’s lawsuit states that Forever 21 “is trading off of the established goodwill of reputable, name-brand companies, such as Puma.” They are also demanding for all the […]

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MashReads Podcast: ‘A Separation’ is a grief novel disguised as a mystery thriller


Katie Kitamura has a theory about grief: 

“Part of being around people who are in grief is that even when it’s completely sincere, it’s still a performance. It’s very hard when you are grieving to not be aware of how your grief is going to be interpreted when other people are around”

It’s an astute observation and one that animates her latest novel A Separation.

A Separation follows an unnamed narrator, only recently separated from her husband, Chris, who gets a phone call from her mother-in-law that Chris has gone missing in Greece and that our narrator must track him down. The real mystery of the book is not where has Chris disappeared to and why, but whether the narrator should even be searching for him in the first place.  Read more…

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See All the Reactions to Chris Martin’s Arrival in Manila

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin landed in the Philippines yesterday and netizens freaked out. Chris Martin has arrived!!!! pic.twitter.com/pAezjsRY5F — Philippine Concerts (@philconcerts) April 2, 2017 .@coldplay @ColdplayAtlas @coldplaying Breathing the same air… 💨 Goodnight, everyone! #ColdplayManila pic.twitter.com/5Kw5zW1JMI — Coldplay Philippines (@Coldplay_PH) April 2, 2017 Philippine Concerts and Coldplay Philippines posted the first photos on Twitter […]

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‘Rogue One’ retold with Lego is amazing, but skips all the grim parts


The success of the Lego movies proves that we’re eager to see our favorite films retold in toy form. That’s why a new Lego short replaying the plot of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a welcome surprise this weekend. 

But despite the video’s attention to detail, some hardcore fans noticed that this Lego version of the film left out all the grim (spoiler alert!) deaths that litter the human-populated version of the film. 

Instead, the short Lego version of Rogue One ends with our two heroes securing the Death Star plans — and everyone is happy (and alive). The. End. 

It’s an ending more in line with Disney’s approach to kids, a choice some parents might appreciate. However, the soft touch, deathless ending underscores some of the awkward fits between Disney and its darker franchises when it comes to staying true to a franchise’s fan base and not veering too far from the kid-friendly territory Disney is known for.  Read more…

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