20 November 2019

P. Tacio

EJ Insight contributor
  • Muhammad Ali hovers over Sonny Liston as referee Jersey Joe Walcott restrains him during his 'phantom punch' knockout of the former heavyweight champion. Photo: AP

    Muhammad Ali: Greatness richly deserved

    - Jun 6, 2016 8:47am
    Few images of conquest can be as striking and the aftermath as divisive. The sight of a young Cassius Clay prematurely doing a victory lap around a fallen Sonny Liston brought to mind a vulture circling...
  • Ed Sheeran, who used to be a warm-up act for Taylor Swift, has eclipsed her as a topic for Facebook chatter. Photo: Instagram/taylorswift

    Facebookers are talking about Taylor Swift but she’s not No. 1

    - Dec 10, 2015 12:17pm
    Who in the world is Ed Sheeran? If you’re like me, you have no idea, and neither does any of the people I’ve asked. But online chatter about the man has been lighting up Facebook. We...
  • Lifelong sailor John F. Kennedy shows his son, John-John, the ropes. Photo: internet

    A November day when the world held its breath

    - Nov 20, 2015 12:35pm
    John F. Kennedy would have been 98 today if he had not been cut down by an assassin one sunny November day in 1963. Few of us remember the time and the uncertainty that a vacant...
  • Will Jasper Tsang do the honorable thing? Photo: AFP

    How Jasper Tsang can deal with WhatsApp fallout like a statesman

    - Jun 26, 2015 9:35am
    Denying anything that’s already public knowledge is tough enough in the best of times. Putting it in context might help, if it does not complicate the problem. No doubt Jasper Tsang wrestled with this dilemma over...
  • Chan Yuen-han looks bewildered as her colleagues file past her. Wong Ting-kwong watches a sexy woman on his smartphone. Photos: HKEJ, Apple Daily

    Funny enough, the epic election bill fiasco is good for a laugh

    - Jun 20, 2015 8:10am
    Okay, who was in charge of counting? If it was left to Jeffrey Lam to organize a mass walk-off, get everyone on board and do a headcount, it might have been too much for one guy....
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    And one more thing: Did the iPhone just lose its cool factor?

    - Sep 10, 2014 4:59pm
    After months of leaks, rumors and over-the-top hype, Apple has finally unveiled a first — its first Samsung smartphone. The iPhone 6 is chock full of new features – bigger screen, higher resolution, thin and lighter...
  • A sheepdog circles a herd of sheep. If only politicians were as easier to organize, they'd be going in an orderly direction. Photo: Internet

    Why sheep are better than politicians

    - Aug 28, 2014 11:18am
    Ever wondered why sheep close ranks and go in one direction if prompted by a leader and why politicians tend to disagree? The first part of the riddle has been unraveled by scientists. The second part...
  • Our beloved Fudge is the same mongrel breed as the dog that was killed by a passing train. Mongrels are loving and playful and easily get distressed by commotion and perceived threats. Photo: EJ Insight

    Is sorry such a wretched thing to say?

    - Aug 22, 2014 3:58pm
    Mahatma Gandhi said it best for our furry friends with this quote: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Gandhi could have been talking about his native India...
  • Colin Powell tweeted this selfie before it was cool and popular. Note the vintage camera he's holding. Photo: Colin Powell/Twitter

    Everybody smile! This is an usie

    - Aug 22, 2014 1:51pm
    It wasn’t long after people began taking photos of themselves on their smartphones that the word “selfie” became part of our lives. It’s such a cute little word that stands for a big concept that conjures...
  • Protesters take to the streets on July 1. In the battle for political reform, different pro-democracy voices should be heard. Photo: Bloomberg

    Universal suffrage: Take it or leave it

    - Aug 19, 2014 5:43pm
    Hong Kong’s pro-democracy champions seem to have no idea how good they got it. But the hardliners among them are risking everything with their all-or-nothing approach to electoral reform. They need to step back to make...
  • Warren Buffett (right) is shown in this 2006 file photo with Bill and Melinda Gates. Buffett has committed nearly all his wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why Buffett likes to hang around

    - Aug 15, 2014 4:03pm
    If you had a billion US dollars for every year you’ve been alive, you’d be one of only three people in the world – Bill Gates, Slim Helu and Mark Zuckerberg. Gates’s towering fortune, mostly nothing...
  • A cemetery for prisoners in Huntsville, Texas. Capital punishment does not work because it does not serve any purpose. Photo: AFP

    Compassion for the condemned, pain for victims’ families

    - Jul 24, 2014 6:31pm
    When a death row convict takes two hours to die, does that make the execution inhumane and society cruel? The answer has been lost for years somewhere between moral indignation and the law, but it has...
  • Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is shown in this selfie taken in 1966. He posted the photo on Twitter over the weekend. At left, Aldrin takes his first steps on the lunar surface during the 1969 Apollo 11 landing. Photo: Buzz Aldrin

    Watch Buzz Aldrin sock moon landing truther

    - Jul 21, 2014 3:11pm
    There are many things you can do to an astronaut, especially the second man to ever set foot on the moon, on this 45th anniversary of the lunar landing. Shake his hand and wish him well...
  • Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to his countrymen and the world on national television hours after the crash of MH17. Photo: Bloomberg

    Blood on rebel hands?

    - Jul 18, 2014 4:55pm
    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is grappling with a question writ large over an entire nation. Why? It is as much about Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, missing for more than 130 days, as it is about...
  • Cadets from Japan's National Defense Academy go through their paces. Japan's pacifist constitution prohibits military buildup beyond national defense. Photo: Bloomberg

    Tokyo-Manila dance: Watch your step

    - Jun 27, 2014 5:21pm
    The enemy of my enemy is my friend, so goes the saying. But if that’s all there is to a stronger bond between the Philippines and Japan, it had better be for reasons other than their...
  • Mental illness is closer to home than we think. We all have our demons. Photo: Flickr

    Go ahead, have a good cry

    - Jun 26, 2014 4:11pm
    Warning: Some scenes in this article are disturbing. That is because nothing about the subject of mental illness is pretty. But only by bringing it to light can we begin to see it for what it...
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    Really? What was CY thinking?

    - Jun 25, 2014 4:26pm
    It takes gumption for a Hong Kong government official, let alone its Beijing-anointed leader, to diverge from the central government’s official line. But that’s exactly what Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying did on Tuesday. Leung challenged an...
  • Spain's loss to Chile has inspired unflattering memes on Twitter. This one takes the cake. Photo: Twitter

    How Spain lost their mojo

    - Jun 19, 2014 4:13pm
    Boy, did they ever. The Spaniards got it on the chin from the Netherlands and now this: a drubbing from Chile five days later. The World Cup holders gave up seven goals in two matches, which...
  • Roman Abramovich's super yacht Eclipse, the biggest in the world, has missile-detection technology and an anti-paparazzi system among other quirky trappings. Photo: Wikipedia

    What the rich wouldn’t do for us mere mortals

    - Jun 18, 2014 11:19am
    If your luxury properties already have a swimming pool (which luxury property does not have one?), what do you do for an encore? Build one in the shape of a violin. That’s exactly what a former...
  • Leonard Kawhi (center), the youngest Spur at 22, was crowned MVP after San Antonio’s 4-1 demolition of the Heat in this year’s finals. Photo: Reuters

    NBA carbon dating: Old is as old does

    - Jun 17, 2014 5:25pm
    They’re the best NBA teams the past couple of seasons and each has won the championship in those two years. But you couldn’t tell that from their rosters. The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat...