By James Cungwanara
The above video was taken approximately month ago and since then, it has gone viral with more than 2 million views. In this video the Oklahoma City woman engaged in the shouting match was an elderly panhandler, while the man, named Daniel Ayala, was a regular passerby who often gives part of his income to the woman(usatoday,2014).
The shouting match started when Daniel, who needs to work 2 different jobs to survive, was infuriated when he saw the old panhandler sitting in brand new 2013 car while counting large sum of money on her lap. Daniel then started to yell; complaining that she have better car than him, accuses her of taking advantage of him and threatened to break her car window if he saw her panhandling again.
Later through her family’s Facebook account, in her defense, she claims that she needed the money and was obtaining the money legally. She even claimed that she has a panhandling permit issued by the city authority, thus making her eligible to panhandle.
By CHEN Lili
Everyone believes that “Knowledge is power” especially parents in Hong Kong. With exam-oriented education system in our city, parents are willing to spend a lot of money to support their children’s education. The expenses of textbooks are necessary expenses for every family with children. However, frequent updates of textbooks indeed heaven parents’ burden. With frequent revision of textbooks, the prices of textbooks increase year by year and it also forces parents to buy the revised version instead of reusing textbooks of their elder children or buying second-hand textbooks. But is it really reasonable for publishers to revise textbooks such frequently?
By Wong Tsz Yu Caleb
Homosexuality and transsexuality are legal in Hong Kong and public opinion indeed shows increased tolerance for them. The Hong Kong Bill of Rights Ordinance (Cap. 383) protects them against sexual orientation discrimination form the Government and public authorities of the HKSAR. Despite of lacking in legal recognition of same-sex couples, transgender marriage is now legal.
By Wong Ngan Ching
The former Chief Executive, Donald Tsang, had clearly stated that maximum hours will be legislated after the implement of minimum wages(TVB,2010). Yet, few years have gone, there is still no any legislation regarding to the number of working hours.
Current Labour Legislation in Hong Kong and Other Countries
According to current legislation, Hong Kong has no protection in workers’ number of working hours, except the employment of young person. According to Employment Ordinance, Chapter 57 stated in The Labour Department, working time is restricted for young people. The maximum working hours per day and week are 8 hours from 7 am to 7 pm only and 48 hours respectively. Also, a maximum 5 hours of continuous work and follow by not less than half an hour break is regulated.
By Wong Mei
Hong Kong’s fourth annual “SlutWalk” stands against sexual violence.
What is “SlutWalk”? For those who have never heard of it, don’t get me wrong! Actually, it is a feminist movement originated in Toronto. The word “slut” itself is very offensive, but it is thereof chosen to demonstrate as a type of feminist rebellion against sexist categorization. As how it is named, “SlutWalk” directly challenges the stereotype on the sexual assault and fight to shed sexual violence. Although the previous three “SlutWalk” were all held in Western countries, it does not make it a privilege to the Western districts. Indeed, Asian cities like Hong Kong, has been longing for such a feminist movement for years. That’s why the fourth annual “SlutWalk” is held here – in Hong Kong.
By Wong Ho Lam Gavin
(Image retrieved from http://abortion.uslegal.com/files/2009/11/abortion.jpg)
Pregnancy is often described as a “miracle” or “gift from god” to most couples. Yet, not everyone shares the same feeling towards it, especially for pregnant teenagers or young unmarried couples. To them, illegal abortion might be a way to get rid of this burden.
Back in Hong Kong, the number of abortion reported in 2011 was 11830. Among them, it was estimated that around 1/3 of them were conducted illegally in mainland China. Other than that, some of them, for example, a 39-year-old woman in November 2013, might choose to conduct unlawful abortion on their own