樂善堂余近卿中學銀幕短打:鼓勵中小學生拍短片

香港的教育政策朝令夕改,朝三暮四,常令教師無所適從,叫苦連天。這並不是甚麼不出外傳的「家醜」。

然而,萬醜一點美,沒有事是絕對的。就影像教育而言,有一點很值得讚揚,便是近年全港中小學在鼓勵青少年拍攝數碼電影,以活動影像表達自我、發揮創意方面,顯得不遺餘力,積極非常。

ifva和鮮浪潮舉辦多年,余近卿中學培育及發掘了不少本地獨立製作人才,但喜歡「拍№」的年輕人愈來愈多,傳統的比賽、評核和交流平台供不應求,事實上,新一代是在影像文化中浸淫長大的,接收和思考都是影像先行,社會也愈來愈不重視文字,認知和審美的範式慢慢轉移。

由老師指導,組織學生分組拍攝短片的課外以至課內活動計劃近年如雨後春筍般冒起,有關團體也舉辦相應的比賽、活動,就以由香港中華基督教青年會主辦的首屆全港中學微電影創作大賽(評委包括著名攝影師黃岳泰、學者卓伯棠等)為例,其得獎作品便不乏清新可喜者。

而在比賽拿了高中組金獎兼最佳編劇、最佳攝影獎的樂善堂余近卿中學作品《童心飛揚》,直接講一群年輕人到長洲拍攝短片遭遇挫折的故事,百分百「埋身」,虛構與現實的一線之差,注入了真情,觀眾也一眼讀出實感。

當然,「微電影」的名字有好唔好,但這裡不作論斷,畢竟過程最重要,如何透過種種實踐引發年輕人的學習和創作興趣,並盡可能把他們的興趣留住,是當下教育工作者的頭等大事。

缺乏interest,便沒有之後的一切。今天我們的社會只以利益來理解interest,是一個天大的悲劇。電影,尤其是短片,是向人們重提interest本意的最佳途徑之一。

US leader expected to urge Western leaders

In Belgium, the US leader is expected to urge Western leaders to reaffirm their united position on Ukraine at a G7 meeting of major industrial nations. The summit had been initially planned in Russia, but Western leaders later decided to boycott it following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March. In France, Mr Obama will take part in ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. President Vladimir Putin is also invited, but the White House has already made it clear that the American and Russian leaders will not hold formal bilateral talks. Washington has repeatedly warned Moscow that it faces new sanctions if it refuses to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, where fierce fighting has continued between separatists and Ukrainian government troops. On Monday, hundreds of rebels attacked a border command centre near the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, The Kremlin denies Western claims that it is supporting the rebels.

controversial shooting published two videos

Police have released videos of a controversial shooting that has caused an uproar in a California community after cell phone footage of the incident was posted to YouTube earlier this week.
The Salinas Police Department published two videos on Thursday, one of the cell phone footage and another from an overhead surveillance camera, which show the deadly shooting of 44-year-old Carlos Mejia by police officers on Tuesday.
Police said Mejia was threatening a woman with garden shears, and refused to comply with officers when they asked him to drop the shears.
“The officers followed Mr. Mejia, continuing to order him to drop the weapon. As he neared the corner of Del Monte and Sanborn, he planted a foot, turned, and lunged at the nearest officer, with the shears raised,” police said in a statement Thursday.

Carlos Mejia, 44, was fatally shot by Salinas police on May 20, 2014, in Salinas, Calif. Police allege he was threatening them with garden shears. (Credit: KGO)

Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin told ABC News today that he believes the second overhead view provides more context to the incident.
“Much of the video out there is bad, bad quality,” he said, referring to the cell phone video. “At the end, you don’t actually see the moment of the shooting.”
The release of the videos follows a week of protests and unrest in Salinas. The incident marks the third officer-involved shooting of the year, and all three people who were shot have been Hispanic.
The tensions boiled over on Wednesday, when a large crowd gathered near the scene of the latest incident to demonstrate what protesters said was police brutality. Some demonstrators threw bottles and other objects at police, according to ABC San Francisco affiliate KGO.
Protester Ricardo Salinas questioned the actions of police in the Tuesday shooting.
“The man was obviously drunk. Why couldn’t they knock him over? Why couldn’t they baton him? If every officer has a Taser, if one misfires the other should be ready with the next one,” he told KGO, referring to the fact that one officer’s Taser apparently malfunctions in the cell phone video.
Mejia’s family could not be reached by ABC News for comment.
A review of the incident will be sent to a county commission and the FBI, McMillin said.
In the meantime, while McMillin acknowledged “there is work to be done” in police-community relations, he expressed hope that upcoming meetings and reviews would strengthen bonds between law enforcement and the community.

Hyundai’s rock star amazement

Greenville, South Carolina, would never be confused with the Cote d’Azure. Perhaps Hyundai saw a kindred spirit in the emerging southeast US city.
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In the Korean automaker’s first two decades as a major exporter, its products were largely overlooked and underestimated. That has changed. Its cars trouble the incumbents in virtually every major vehicle segment. An upmarket turn is a natural progression, and as a group of BMW employees eyeing our fleet of Hyundais in Greenville demonstrated – outwardly wondering if they were beholding a new Lexus – it may be a sensible one, too.

How Much Luxury?
Plush as the Genesis is, there is always room for more opulence – and mainstream consumers are beginning to demand it, with customisation programmes such as Lincoln’s Black Label coming online. But Hyundai is not about to offer distinct paints, fabrics and leathers just yet, according to Hyundai Motor America chief executive Dave Zuchowski.

“We’ve given it some thought, and from a system standpoint, we aren’t there yet,” he said.

The Genesis and larger Equus sedans are built at Hyundai’s Korean plants, so any bespoke programme would make those models less cost-competitive. “It would be easier for our US-produced products [to get such touches],” he said.

Hyundai and Greenville have arrived. The Trek bicycle company hosts riding tours for its customers in destinations such as Chianti, Provence, Santa Cruz – and Greenville. American Tour de France stalwart George Hincapie moved there years ago.

Hyundai, too, has been winning converts, a trend its redesigned Genesis luxury sedan should accelerate. Beneath the car’s newly assertive sheetmetal lies much improved running gear, starting with a chassis that is roughly 20% stiffer than that of the outgoing edition.

The more stable platform allowed Hyundai engineers to more accurately tune the suspension for improved ride and handling, and while the original Genesis appeared on paper to have the requisite credentials to compete with the world’s top sport-luxury sedans, poor execution left the Genesis soggy and unsatisfying. (It is worth noting that the Kia K900 luxury sedan, on sale in Korea since 2012 but just arriving in the US market, is built on the chassis of the old Genesis, not this new one.)

Improvements don’t happen by accident. For the better part of a decade, Hyundai has examined the shortcomings of its existing models with unblinking honesty and plunged headlong into marrow-deep improvements, a process the Genesis was not spared.

One factor steering the development of the old Genesis was the nature of Hyundai’s Korean home market, where a car of such size would be commonly relegated to the chauffeur fleet. Industrial captains care little if their car’s steering is lifeless and its suspension prone to wallowing in turns.

The outgoing Genesis’s front passenger seat also lacked eight-way power seat adjustment, further demonstrating how Hyundai prioritised the rear-seat experience. For 2015, both front-row occupants are on equal footing.

Thinking about the driver and front passenger didn’t stop at the seats, according to Genesis product planner Ricky Lao. In addition to the requisite field trip to Germany’s Nürburgring to verify and fine-tune dynamics, Genesis engineers called in the experts from Lotus Engineering to assess the car, ultimately following last-minute recommendations from by the Hethel, England-based sports car savants.

Hyundai’s ascent has also been marked by a seeming insecurity with regard to powertrain tuning, its engineers striving to achieve class-competitive power ratings at the expense of low-end oomph that drivers appreciate. Overly sensitive throttle calibration meant the previous Genesis would be sent into flank-speed apoplexy at the slightest pressure on the gas.

No more. The new Genesis may carry over the familiar 3.8-litre V6 and 5-litre V8 gasoline power plants, but the engines carry lower power ratings – a virtual heresy in an industry that thrives on one-upmanship. But the lower outputs demonstrate Hyundai engineers’ new confidence, where power numbers are not half as important as power accessibility.

And accessible the power is, with both the V8 and V6 providing abundant real-world grunt with accurate throttle response that correctly reflects the driver’s intention. The eight-speed automatic transmission eases imperceptibly among its gears, a paragon of invisibility.

The steering in both cars feels firm and provides welcome feedback about the state of the road surface and the car’s activities thereupon. Predictably, the lighter V6-powered car is the stronger handler, with livelier feel on turn-in. The all-wheel-drive V6, however, cannot avoid a bit of understeer, as front tires are tasked with steering and delivering power to the road.

Sweat-the-details thinking abounds in the Genesis’s clean, refreshingly straightforward cabin. Cars destined for non-US markets are fitted with a joystick-style shifter like those seen on Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus cars, but Lao said he insisted on a conventional sliding PRNDL shifter for the US market, where he believed drivers would appreciate the virtues of this more familiar hardware.

They certainly should. The shifter works as intended, sliding crisply from one gate to the next, providing tactile information to the driver about the gear selected that eludes electronic joysticks.

Hyundai, if you hadn’t heard, is confident, and that extends to the pricing of the Genesis. With a base of $38,950 for the six-cylinder car and $51,500 for the V8, the sedan benchmarks formidable mid-size machines like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS and BMW 5 Series. In that company, the Genesis represents a superb car at a value price.

However, it will be more interesting to watch how the Genesis performs against outliers in this segment such as the Infiniti Q50. These cars are on performance, luxury and pricing pars, though the Infiniti wields the advantage of a luxury nameplate, as well as an available hybrid powertrain. No car that transacts at $50,000 can be described as inexpensive, and consumers at this price point are sensitive to the image projected by their purchase. Those two factors will make Hyundai’s job difficult, but at least their car is up to the task.

two apple say goodbye to stroke

When it comes to strokes, the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” might be half true.
A new review of 20 studies suggests that eating 200 grams of fruit a day — the equivalent of two small apples — can cut your stroke risk by almost a third. Your stroke risk drops 11 percent with every 200 grams of vegetables consumed daily, according to the study, published today in the journal Stroke.
“A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is highly recommended because it meets micronutrient and macronutrient and fiber requirements without adding substantially to overall energy requirements,” study author Dr. Yan Qu of Qingdao Municipal Hospital in China said in a statement. In particular, Yan told ABC News, “citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, apples and pears” seem to be linked to a lower risk of stroke.
The findings held up even when the researchers accounted for other factors like smoking, alcohol, high blood pressure, physical activity and body mass index.
Nutrition experts not involved with the study said the research offers one more important reason to load up on fruits and vegetables.
“This is a direct refutation of all the recent ‘eat more meat, butter, cheese’ nonsense,” said Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. “This study delivers a very clear message: more vegetables and fruits in your diet equals less risk of stroke in your lifetime. Period.”
Keith Ayoob, a registered dietitian at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, said the new study may serve as a reminder for health professionals to more strongly urge patients to change their diets.
“This article makes me really confident to tell people to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and to eat them their entire life long,” Ayoob said. “Even if you were 7 or 70 years old, you need to eat fruits and vegetables. Pick the ones you like and the lower your risk will be of stroke.”
“I love research studies that show the power of eating regular good food,” Ayoob added.
Doctor’s Take
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American adults eat on average only 1.1 fruits and 1.6 vegetables a day – less than half of the daily recommended intake.
We know from past research that eating fruits and vegetables can lower your blood pressure, body mass index, total cholesterol and total body inflammation – all factors related to stroke. So what this new review does is add one more reason to crunch into that apple and clean your plate of those vegetables. It’s good medicine for stroke prevention, and best of all it requires no prescription.

wise to choose your wife or husband

Know yourself

This step is very important if you really want to choose the right partner. You have to know yourself. Some people are searching in all corners of the earth for their soulmate but come back in vain. One of the reasons of that failure is that the bachelor did not ask himself. So the, before loving someone, before making your choice on the right guy or girl to marry, start by asking yourself the real questions: who are you? What do you want? What are you expecting from your partner? What do you like most? All these little questions may seem tiny but are very important. It is after answering these questions to yourself that you can start defining who you are and what you really want.

Be positive and keep smiling

After knowing yourself, you can now begin to change your mind. The next key for alluring your future wife or husband is being positive. By being positive, people will automatically call on you, run to you and would like to by your side because of the energy you are spreading all around you. Don’t worry, it’s metaphysical. Keep smiling, not in blissful ignorance but the acceptation of the reality: that you are what you are, good-looking and valuable. These two steps are more than essential. It is all in the attitude.

What do you want?

There is no formula in love. You may already know the type of guy/girl you would like to date and that is correct. You find your love and that is all. If you have not yet defined clearly what kind of person you want to be your husband or wife, do not worry. These are things that have to be discovered solely and patiently. The person may not be what you have been expecting, but if there is love, communication can begin.

Common interest

The proverb says that birds of the feather lock together. This may be true in some cases but generally speaking, the two individuals need a common interest. It may be playing video games or horse riding. It doesn’t matter; you just have to be sure that there is, at least, two things that you like to do with the other person. This will play a big role in the couple’s future life together.

Can you communicate to each other?

This is another key point. Two persons who cannot talk to each other just cannot live together. For a period of time, it can be possible but for a long-term relationship, it does not work. The two peoples have to share their feelings (happiness, likes and dislikes, anger, etc.) to each one other. And once again, we repeat it: communication is the basis of a long-term and happy marriage.

These are just few tips but the decision is yours. Be who you are, be positive, define what you want and what you do not want and finally choose someone that you can talk with and who has a common interest with you.

 

Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords at an awards dinner

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords receives the 2013 John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Award at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library And Museum on May 5, 2013 in Boston. (Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords wowed a crowd of Democratic activists Tuesday evening telling the crowd gathered for an event for Emily’s List “it has been a long, hard haul, but I am getting better.”
“I am working hard, lots of therapy: speech therapy, physical therapy, and yoga too,” Giffords said with a laugh, before clearly urging those gathered to keep working hard and with a smile said she is “still fighting to make the world a better place and you can too.”
“My spirit is strong as ever,” Giffords said to a thunderous standing ovation. “Get involved with your community, be a leader, set examples, strong women get things done. Be passionate, be courageous, be your best.”
Giffords, addressed the group at an awards dinner for Emily’s List, an organization that works to elect female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights. Giffords gave a “rising star” award in her name to Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.
“It is reaffirming to know you have voices like Gabrielle Giffords out there that are speaking truth to power and saying that we have to make better decisions so I am deeply honored,” Abrams told reporters.
In early 2011, Giffords was shot and six others were killed in a massacre outside of a Tucson, Ariz. grocery store where she was meeting with constituents. Last year, she along with her husband Mark Kelly announced the creation of Americans for Responsible Solutions, to push for gun control on both the state and federal levels.
Tuesday night Giffords was introduced by two Arizona Democrats Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema. Kirkpatrick, noting her own rancher background, said she knows tough when she sees it.
“We know when someone’s got grit, we know when someone’s got guts and that’s Gabby Giffords,” Kirkpatrick said.
Other female Democratic leaders including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke and praised Giffords, calling her an “inspiration.”
The evening also honored Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, celebrating their long careers as well as their historic Senate run in 1992.
Feinstein also lauded Giffords for her “toughness and resilience,” as well as her “courage.”
“We will never forget, we will march on until one day this nation has a sane policy with respect to seeing only legitimate people are able to purchase weapons in this country,” Feinstein said. “Please pursue and we will follow. “
This was the Giffords’ first time addressing the Emily’s List dinner in person, but in 2012 she delivered remarks in a pre-recorded video.

experience life in another person’s body

What if you could experience life in another person’s body? A few have done so, discovers Rose Eveleth, and they report profound emotional changes.vintage tube

If you could be anybody in the world, who would it be? This is usually just a theoretical question. The idea of suddenly taking the form of your neighbour, a celebrity or even your dog is fun to think about, but seemingly impossible to execute.

Yet a few people have experienced what it might be like to step into the skin of another person, thanks to an unusual virtual reality device. “The first seconds are just overwhelming,” says Rikke Frances Wahl, a woman who temporarily became a man. “It feels weird. You start to feel more and more comfortable in it, and you start to really get the fantasy of how it would be if it were your body.”港台娛樂

Wahl, an actress, model and artist, was one of the participants in a body swapping experiment at the Be Another lab, a project developed by a group of artists based in Barcelona. She acquired her new body using a machine called The Machine to be Another.

The set-up is relatively simple. Both users don an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with a camera rigged to the top of it. The video from each camera is piped to the other person, so what you see is the exact view of your partner. If she moves her arm, you see it. If you move your arm, she sees it.

To get used to seeing another person’s body without actually having control of it, participants start by moving their arms and legs very slowly, so that the other can follow along. Eventually, this kind of slow, synchronised movement becomes comfortable, and participants really start to feel as though they are living in another person’s body. “It was so natural,” Wahl says, laughing, “and at the same time it was so unnatural.”九成按揭