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Operation Santa Claus Sleigh Ride Challenge

Sleigh Ride scmp

http://www.scmp.com/video/hong-kong/1881730/operation-santa-claus-sleigh-ride-challenge

By Tsui See Au Yeung and Joanna Wong Ho Yan

Yesterday, we went to Disney Hollywood Hotel to shoot the sleigh ride event organized by Operation Santa Claus (OSC). The weather is good and things are well-prepared. After teams working hardly on their sleighs, the most exciting part is the race! I enjoy seeing them having much fun and happiness. Finally, spending the rest of the tiring day, our video were done late night. Of course it can be improved and better, but given the limited time and strength, we have tried our best.

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Writing for New Media-Conceptual Writing

My Blank Space

By Joanna Wong

taylorcan

Nice to meet you, how you been?
I could see you’re incredible things
Spicy, crunchy, melt-in mouth
Saw you there and I thought
Oh my God, look at that face
You look like my next poor preyLove’s a meal, wanna eat?

Red meat, processed meat
I can eat you like a garbage bin
Ain’t it yummy, I can fly
And I know you have waited for me
So hey, let’s be friends
I’m dying to taste how this one ends
Grab utensil and my hand
I can make the bad meat good for a weekend

So it’s gonna be forever
Or it’s gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it’s over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of meat-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
Cause you know I love all the meat
and you’re nutritional

‘Cause we’re young and we’re reckless
We’ll take this way too far
It’ll leave me breathless
Or with a nasty stain
Got a long list of meat-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
But I’ve got a blank space, baby
And I’ll write your name

taylorhotdogHot dogs, ham, sausages
I could smell you’re incredible things
Lovely beef, pretty pork
You’re the King, baby, I’m your Queen
Find out what you taste
Be the first for a mouth
Wait, the worst is yet to come, oh no

Colorectal, pancreatic, prostate
You are proven with evidence
Like tobacco, asbestos
Are classified as group one
“Oh my God, who is WHO?”
I get sick on the studies
But you’ll come back each time you leave
Cause, darling, you’re nightmare dressed like a daydream

So it’s gonna be forever
Or it’s gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it’s over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of meat-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
‘Cause you know I love all the meat
though you’re carcinogenic

‘Cause we’re young and we’re reckless
We’ll take this way too far
It’ll leave me breathless
Or with a nasty cancer
Got a long list of meat-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
But I’ve got a blank space, baby
And I’ll write your name

Humans only want love if it’s torture
Don’t say I didn’t say, I didn’t warn ya
Humans only want love if it’s torture
Don’t say I didn’t say, I didn’t warn ya

So it’s gonna be forever
Or it’s gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it’s over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of meat-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
‘Cause you know I love all the meat
though you’re carcinogenic


taylorburger1

‘Cause we’re young and we’re reckless
We’ll take this way too far
It’ll leave me breathless
Or with a nasty cancer
Got a long list of meat-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
But I’ve got a blank space, baby
And I’ll write your name

 

 

Description:

The main two sources are the press release of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the consumption on red meat and processed meat and Taylor Swift’s love song Blank Space. I have put words from the press release, a food poem and my own into the song, changing part of the original lyrics. Also, I have recreated three photos. The photos and text form a shape, which the audience can interpret. And I will leave the singing part for the meat-loving audience.

The idea I want to bring out is the struggle between health and appetite. Meat-lovers always have a blank space for the delicious but carcinogenic meat.

 

Credited to:

Taylor Swift-Blank Space

World Health Organization press release

http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf

http://www.who.int/features/qa/cancer-red-meat/en/

Poetry

http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems/best/food

Pictures

http://parade.com/55579/parade/franks-in-pop-culture-take-our-hot-dog-trivia-quiz/

http://www.japantoday.com/category/new-products/view/burger-kings-stacker

http://zammylife.com/goods.php?id=813


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Viewers Confident Hong Kong Rugby Teams will Step Forward

Hong Kong rugby men’s team won all matches on Saturday leading the pool in the Asian Rugby Sevens Qualifiers to the 2016 Olympic Games and women’s team ranking third in its pool after its lose to Japan.

The Hong Kong men’s team won all three matches and became first in pool B and started the quest for its ticket to the Olympics hosted by Rio de Janeiro .

“These guys are playing either as well as they can or above that and that’s what we’re going to needtomorrow,” said Gareth Baber, Hong Kong men’s team head coach on Saturday during a pre-match interview.

“Both men and women teams play very well with sports spirit and teamwork,” said spectator Derek Yuen. “Like the last match against Sri Lanka, they [men] were losing at the beginning but were not discouraged and won back.”

The women’s team won two matches but lost against Japan in the last match now ranking third after Japan and Kazakhstan.

“The women’s team played well and made much effort,” Mr Yuen said. “But their strength and stamina may reduce after two matches.”

Ho Wai Ting, rugby coach and member of Hong Kong Rugby Union, is confident the Hong Kong women’s team will win back. “If they beat Kazakhstan, they can compete with Japan for championship.”

Hong Kong women’s team captain Christy Cheng Ka-chi told SCMP “Now it’s off to shakes and ice packs and get ourselves ready for [Sunday]. Play our system and we’ll get a win.”

The Asian Rugby Sevens Qualifier takes place at the Hong Kong Stadium on 7-8 November but only about 10 per cent of the stadium is filled.

The winning men’s team among the ten teams from Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Philippines, Iran and Hong Kong, will gain a straight entry to the 2018 Olympics whilst the teams that rank 2nd, 3rd and 4th in this qualifiers will play in the World Rugby Olympic Qualification tournament in June 2016 to compete for a spot in the Olympic game.

The winning women’s team from the six teams, including Japan, China, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Guam and Hong Kong, will enter the next qualifying series in Tokyo on 28-29 November.

On Sunday November 8, the Hong Kong men team will play against Malaysia before gaining a sure ticket to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, while the women team will play two matches against Kazakhstan and Guam.

Hong Kong Stadium reaches about 5 to 15 per cent of its capacity for the Qualifier, but spectators chant and wave the Hong Kong flag to support the teams. Photo: Jackson Ho
Hong Kong Stadium reaches about 5 to 15 per cent of its capacity for the Qualifier, but spectators chant and wave the Hong Kong flag to support the teams. Photo: Jackson Ho
Photo: Jackson Ho
Photo: Jackson Ho

Reporting by Joanna Wong

Writing by Joanna Wong and Crystal Tse

Photo and video by Jackson Ho

https://hkbujournalism.wordpress.com/category/sports/


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Standard Working Hours Committee to Look into Doubling Standard Working Hours’ Coverage

The Standard Working Hours Committee (SWHC) said it would add one more combination that covers twice as many employees, including those earning less than $25,000 a month and working more than 44 hours a week, to evaluate the feasibility of standard working hours.

After meeting on Wednesday, the committee announced that it would add the new combination that sets the salary level to $25,000 to the 27 existing combinations. Six employees representatives threatened to quit the committee last month if a legislative proposal was not made.

“The SWHC agreed that detailed data analysis in respect of employees with monthly wages not exceeding $25,000, weekly working hours exceeding 44 hours and overtime pay rate at 1:1.5 would be carried out.” said Dr Edward Leong Che-hung, SWHC’s chairman, according to a government press release.

The latest combination would cover half of Hong Kong’s 2.97 million employees, compared with a quarter of the employees in the other combinations, according to Mr Leong and data from a 2014 Report on Annual Earnings and Hours Survey by the Census and Statistics Department.

Professor Randy Chiu, Director of Hong Kong Baptist University’s Centre for Human Resources Strategy and Development, said the new combination, if chosen, would benefit “a lot more people” but he was unsure of how the government could properly implement standard working hours.

“A proposed legislation of standard working hours would be very difficult,” he said. “There are no one-size-fits-all solutions for the vastly different industries in Hong Kong.”

Professor Chiu added that its implementation would increase financial pressure for small and medium enterprises.

Professor Randy Chiu, Director of HKBU’s Centre for Human Resources Strategy and Development, has reservations about a one-size-fits-all implementation of Standard Working Hours. (By Crystal Tse)

Professor Randy Chiu, Director of HKBU’s Centre for Human Resources Strategy and Development, has reservations about a one-size-fits-all implementation of Standard Working Hours. 

He suggested that the government should provide more education and incentives to encourage employers to adopt family-friendly policies, though he admitted that the society may need more than a decade to cultivate a caring culture.

However, Lee Cheuk-yan, General Secretary of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, slammed the committee’s decision.

“The whole thing is a collusion between the government and the business sector,” he said. “They are just making a show.”

He said that the purpose of standard working hours is to enable employees to strike a balance between work and private lives, but now he is “hopeless” towards its legislation.

“The government dare not offend the business sector … Therefore, they adopt a delay tactic for anything related to the labour force that may affect the costs of running a business,” Mr Lee said.

“It’s not that employees in Hong Kong have no work-life balance, it’s that they have no lives,” he said.

 

Reporting by Joanna Wong;
Writing by Jackson Ho;
Video and Photo by Crystal Tse

https://hkbujournalism.wordpress.com/category/welfare/