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In era of globalization, inclusiveness is the key to innovation

Updated: 2014-04-11 04:56 By Jony Lam (HK Edition)

‘Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” wrote Rudyard Kipling in 1889. Today, some Hongkongers are also making a similar claim, thinking that Hong Kong is Hong Kong and the mainland is the mainland. They believe things on the mainland, no matter how fantastic they may seem, are in reality either fake, poisonous, unethical, or any combination of these elements.

To Hongkongers, Tencent’s QQ is nothing but a rip-off of ICQ, just as WeChat, Renren and weibos are clones of Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. When Dad, Where Are You Going? became a sensation on the mainland, Hongkongers shook their heads, pointing out that the format was licensed from South Korea and there was nothing new about it.

Hong Kong, on the other hand, is an innovative place. Our originality, for example, enables TVB to keep the variety show, Super Trio Series, running eternally. It debuted in 1995. The hosts of the series – the three “Prize Masters”: Eric Tsang Chi-wai, Jerry Lamb Hiu-fung and Chin Kar-lok – are still entertaining the city with the same kind of games. Anyone who has doubts about the implementation of the Basic Law should watch the show. When they see the same attempts to be funny, which have lasted for the last 18 years, they will be convinced our way of life hasn’t changed a bit since the handover.

Watching the Super Trio Series – from the first Movie Buff Championship – to the more recent Super Trio Supreme and Super Trio Game Master, to the latest Super Trio Maximus, one cannot but admire the level of professionalism in local showbiz. It is not uncommon for juvenile roles in the city to be played by actors in their late 20s or 30s. Jerry Lamb and Chin Kar-lok are now in their 40s. Eric Tsang is 51.

Last month, our pop culture was enriched by the release of Bird of Paradise’s debut music video Landing on the Sun. The singing/dancing boy group is a perfect crossover between the local Mong Kok style and K-pop. They are less feminine than their Korean colleagues, but they still wear eye shadow. The dazzling dance moves and signature offbeat rapping in the music video has captured the city’s heart. People discussing the group and its debut on online forums said they could not believe what they were watching, and the images don’t go away.

People are beginning to call this emerging style MK-pop, so as to celebrate its roots in the much-celebrated local grassroots culture of Mong Kok. However, some insist the abbreviation has a different origin, and in fact means the Marvelous Kai (lame).

The other new MK-pop group now being discussed in the city is Faith. It is famous for the members’ distinctively amateurish dance moves, which may well be intentionally executed and painstakingly rehearsed. If the manager is not jailed for exploiting child labor, the group has the potential to become our city’s Super Junior. However, to the dismay of Hongkongers, Faith’s debut Stop Peeping is not sung in our beloved Cantonese. The production house managing the group said the song was in a language called huayu. To untrained ears it sounds very much like Putonghua with a Hong Kong accent.

The phenomenon of MK-pop reminds us that the line between innovation and imitation is thin. Korea’s Samsung is no doubt inspired in part by the US’s Apple, but it does a very good job pushing smart devices to the next level. Faith appropriates K-pop elements to create MK-pop, and sings in huayu. The mainland learns a lot from the rest of the world, but it also adds many fine touches which are truly pioneering.

Rudyard Kipling’s poem quoted at the beginning also has the following lines, which say, “But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!” This can be construed as saying that despite their differences, when two strong men meet, accidents of birth, whether nationality, race, or family, do not matter at all.

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Gentrification Watch: New Rentals May Occupy Almost a Whole Block in the Mission

Thursday, April 10, 2014, by Tracy Elsen 276 new rental apartments in a building occupying three-quarters of a block on Bryant Street may be on their way to the Mission. The proposed building would replace five current buildings on Bryant bounded by Florida and 18th streets with rental units, 151 parking spaces, 161 bicycle parking spaces and 4,300 square feet of retail. The units would be mostly a mix of one and two bedrooms with a few studios included, and 44 would be below market rate.

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What is the liberal view of politics? – Yahoo

I don’t know of any Websites that would clear up their perspective, but some simple analysis might be helpful.

There are two directions in politics: Left vs. Right.

The further left you go, the more powerful the Government becomes. The further right you go, the more control the individual has over his own life.

After you boil down liberal ideas, the end result is taking more money from individuals and using it to expand Government. They believe the Government is the answer to most of our problems, when in fact it’s Government that causes most of our problems.

All Governments seek to increase their power. (via taxes and new laws) (not all taxes or laws are bad,)

Governments use power to gain more power. Governments NEVER give up power.

Want proof…? The Constitution (4th amendment) has been expanded by the Liberal segment of the Supreme Court. Imminent Domain has been txpanded to allow seizure of private property for Nongovernment uses. Before, the Local Government could take you land to expand a road or something…. this is necessary as towns grow. But now… a land developer can get permission from your local Government to seize you land for increased taxation and personal gain.

Last month the same Liberals tried to userp the second Amendment… 4 out of 5, tried their best to take this right. It’s not a matter of wether you like guns or not… it’s a matter of your rights. If they can take these rights, what rights can they not take?

Warm regards, Douglas

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Stop & Shop – Official Site


shop online, pick-up on your time

groceries delivered to your front door

Earn 1 rewards point for every $1 you spend in our stores. Trade in every 100 points you earn and save 10/gallon at the pump.

Plan ahead and see whats on sale at your local Stop & Shop in this weeks circular.

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Cash-strapped Hamas turns to e-bullets – NBC40.net

By IBRAHIM BARZAK Associated Press

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – In a long hallway that looks more like a videogame arcade than a military base, Hamas security forces are holding target practice using assault rifles fitted with lasers – all without firing a bullet.

For the cash-strapped Hamas government, the system is a much-needed money saver that eliminates the need to train with live ammunition, which is in short supply in Gaza. Hamas also says the quiet, indoor facility is less likely to attract the attention of the Israeli military than the open-air firing ranges that are frequently targeted in airstrikes.

“Our training centers are targeted all the time by the occupation, so we have a closed-door shooting range that is hidden from the occupation,” said Abdallah Karmot, the deputy director of training at Hamas’ Interior Ministry, which oversees security in the seaside strip of land. “We also save money and the time it takes to move officers to training camps for live shooting.”

Karmot said Hamas developed the electronic shooting range with homegrown technology. The modified Kalashnikovs, powered by software developed by Hamas programmers, fire green laser beams at their targets, which mimic the sound of real rifle fire when there is a direct hit.

The move indoors is the latest sign of the deep financial crisis plaguing Hamas, which is suffering its worst money woes and ammunition shortage since taking power. Israel and Egypt have maintained a blockade of the seaside strip since Hamas seized power from the rival forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007.

Israel considers Hamas a terrorist organization responsible for killing hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks. Israel and Hamas have engaged in heavy fighting over the years, most recently an eight-day battle in 2012 in which Hamas fired hundreds of rockets into Israel.

Under the blockade, Egypt looked the other way for years as cement, fuel and weapons were smuggled into Gaza through a network of tunnels running under the border with Egypt.

That changed last summer after the Egyptian military overthrew the country’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. Egypt’s new military government cracked down on Hamas, the local offshoot of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, and destroyed nearly all of the tunnels. With the tunnels out of operation, Hamas lost a key source of tax revenue and a main conduit for weapons.

“Due to the Egyptian crackdown on the tunnels, we can talk about some sort of arms crisis facing all the armed groups in Gaza, as well as the security forces that used smuggled supplies in the past,” said Adnan Abu Amer, an expert on Palestinian militant groups at Gaza’s Al Ummah University.

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Gentrification Watch: New Rentals May Occupy Almost a Whole Block in the Mission

Thursday, April 10, 2014, by Tracy Elsen 276 new rental apartments in a building occupying three-quarters of a block on Bryant Street may be on their way to the Mission.

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La Cima housing development touted as Live-Work-Play

A Live-Work-Play community is coming to San Marcos at the intersection of Ranch Road (RR) 12 and Wonder World Drive. La Cima, a 2,050-acre project anchored by up to 800 acres of greenspace, will preserve habitat land and will represent a significant addition to the Hays County park system. The project is being led by La Cima Developers, a local firm with long ties to Hays County and the San Marcos community.

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Gay marriage in Little Rock 40 years ago

Throwback Thursday Gay marriage in Little Rock 40 years ago Posted by Lindsey Millar on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM For Throwback Thursday, here’sa wide-eyed, occasionally cringeworthy profile of a gay couplein Hillcrest from 1974, our first year inpublication. There was a party in Little Rock Saturday night for a couple celebrating their fifteenth anniversary. They are buying a house on Kavanaugh Boulevard, where they live in middleclass comfort and nurture the fragile organism known as a happy marriage. They are both men.

The enduring homosexual relationship usually is thought to be a rarity, but the couple on Kavanaugh said they know of twenty to twenty-five gay relationships of long standing in Little Rock.

Perhaps it is because their lives lack the glitter of the drag crowd or the blatancy of the militants that the gay married have remained comparatively anonymous while homosexuality itself has been gaining public attention and a degree of acceptance. All that effectively sets this middle-aged couple apart from others is that they are of the same sex. Their house is ornately but tastefully decorated. Each has a life insurance policy naming the other as beneficiary. Each works hard, attends church regularly and supports the local police. Their social altitudes are conservative enough to approach a gay puritan ethic.

Roy and David, both in their forties, devote considerable effort to their jobs and to their relationship. They regard their success as the reward of hard work. “We have stayed at home and worked and have been able to accomplish and acquire some things,” David said.

Although Roy and David think of themselves as being married, their relationship has not been formalized in a ceremony. “We’ve never felt any need to,” Roy said. “We know how we feel about each other and that’s all that’s important.”

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NJ Vital Statistics: how to apply for a marriage license …

10-18 Memo to Local Registrars re: Same-Sex Marriage [pdf 26k]

Same Sex Marriage Frequently Asked Questions


Please print out and complete the marriage license application form. You may also get an application form at the Local Registrars office.

Do not sign the marriage application form before going to the Local Registrar. You must sign the application, while under oath, in the presence of the issuing authority.

Requirements for entering into a Marriage:

For two persons to establish a Marriage in this State, it shall be necessary that they satisfy all of the following criteria:

Where to apply:

Please contact the Local Registrar to determine if license applications are handled during business hours or by appointment.

Required documents when applying for a marriage license:

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Toronto-area Liberal association condemns move to block candidate

The local Liberal association in a Toronto riding has denounced Justin Trudeaus decision to disqualify a candidate from seeking the partys nod in a coming byelection, the latest chapter in an ongoing debate about whether political parties support open nominations.

The executive of the Trinity-Spadina Liberal riding association condemned the national partys decision to block two-time federal candidate Christine Innes from running in the newly vacated riding, calling the decision undemocratic and not in line with the partys promise to hold open nominations. The ridings previous MP, New Democrat Olivia Chow, recently resigned to run for the mayors job.

The ultimate goal is to have a process that gives us a fair shot at a nomination in any riding, said Julia Metus, president of the federal riding association. We want our members to decide who the candidate is.

Liberal national election readiness chair David MacNaughton said he was surprised by the local ridings stance. I talked to the president last week and she didnt express any of those views and was anxious to move on and help find a candidate as soon as possible.

The national party has said it disqualified Innes because of bullying by some of her campaign workers. But in a statement March 13, she suggested the decision was due to her refusal to agree to run in a specific riding during the 2015 federal election.

MacNaughton said he had been trying to figure out how nominations for the future, reconstituted ridings in the area could work. During the time that I was having those conversations, it came to our attention that people came forward and said they were being intimidated and bullied, said MacNaughton.

Thursday, Metus and the executive took issue with how communication was handled from the Liberal Party after Inness campaign was halted.

We heard about it in the news, and we didnt hear about it officially from anyone, said Metus. At no time did I, or any members of the executive, receive any complaints of bullying and intimidation over Inness campaign.

Metus also added that Innes was informed of the decision in a letter, which Metus said was after the fact and coincided with the media drop of the same message, giving neither Innes nor the executive any time to react.

In its statement Thursday, the executive backed Inness assessment, accusing the party of making unproven and malicious allegations against the candidate and her family to cover up its desire to control the nomination process.

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