Canada secures team figure skating gold

Canada has secured our first Olympic gold in team figure skating after Gabrielle Dalemen took third place in Ladies Singles Monday morning in Pyeongchang…..(read the whole story)

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Mon Sheong starts $150 million drive to build three nursing homes

Mon Sheong Foundation CEO Stephanie Wong and Chairperson Tim Kwan, seen at a Jan. 30 press conference in Scarborough, say the organization hopes to build 600 more long-term-care beds in Greater Toronto in the next 10 years. Imagine 17 persons waiting for the same nursing home bed, and you’ll understand the challenge for the Mon Sheong Foundation.

The charity housing Chinese seniors announced Jan. 30 it plans to build three new long-term care facilities with a total of 600 beds in the GTA over the next 10 years. That will cost $150 million, but the number of Chinese seniors in the GTA is rising fast, and by Mon Sheong’s count there’s only 3,500 nursing home beds offering culturally appropriate care…..(read the whole story)

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「老呆遊記」之「攞苦來辛」

(Through Rose-Coloured Glasses)

去旅行,是件苦差。

孩子們小的時候,每年夏天,都要作數星期的驅車遠遊。在還未出發前的幾個月,就要開始籌劃了。從 CAA 找來有關的旅遊冊子 (Tour Books)和地圖,先決定要去的目的地,和沿途所經之城市。從地圖上劃出一條行程,又從旅遊冊子找到沿途合適的旅店,然後打電話去留訂,也參考了其他旅遊書籍,作出要去觀光的旅遊重點。有時也會利用 CAA 的 TripPik 服務,來訂出一條旅遊行程。 Continue reading

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孟嘗會計劃在大多地區增設600張長期護理床位

孟嘗會正在籌劃未來十年,在大多倫多地區幾個地點增設600個長期護理床位以緩解區內床位的逼切需求.因為現時三間長期護理中心共有457張床位,而輪候人數就超過4500人次.最長的輪候時間長達12年.孟嘗會行政總裁黃何潔儀表示,“輪候時間以孟嘗來說實在太高。由10年前的1500人到現在超過4500人。如果排孟嘗長期護理中心都要超過10個人才等一張床。” Continue reading

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你也可以當總統(美式的)嗎?

(Through Rose-Coloured Glasses)

請先試試這 TRUMP 測驗。

他的總統御醫(Dr Jackson) 為他作全身檢查後,就認為 TRUMP AS FIT AS A HORSE,

他也以 30 out of 30 的滿分, 順利通過他的智力/精神測驗 (MONTREAL COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT)

http://dementia.ie/images/uploads/site-images/MoCA-Test-English_7_1.pdf

因此,Dr Jackson 宣佈, Trump這老頭子身体健康, 頭腦清醒,每天只需四至五小時睡眠,對總統這職位,全無問題。 Continue reading

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RECENT TRENDS OF OSCAR BEST PICTURE WINNERS – David Chan ’67

RECENT TRENDS OF OSCAR BEST PICTURE WINNERS – David Chan ’67

10 January 2018

The Oscar Best Picture Voting System:

Since 2010, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expanded the quota for Best Picture nominees from only 5 movies to between 5 to 10 movies. It has also switched from a plurality system to a preferential system for the final voting for Best Picture.

Suppose there are 9 nominees. In the final voting, the Academy asks each member not to vote for just 1 nominee, but to rank all 9 nominees in the same ballot. Let’s say there are 6,000 members voting (referred to as “total ballots” below). If 1 nominee gets not less than 50% of the total ballots plus 1 (equaling to not less than 3,001, referred to as “hitting the target” below), then this nominee will be awarded Best Picture.

But if zero nominees hit the target, then the nominee with the least number one votes will be eliminated. On each of such eliminated ballot, the number two ranked nominee listed will then be counted as having received an additional number one vote (referred to as “re-distribution procedure” below). After this round of re-distribution procedure, if the total of the original number one votes and the newly added number one votes (referred to as “new total votes” below) of any one of the remaining 8 nominees hit the target, this nominee will be awarded Best Picture.

But if after the re-distribution procedure, still zero nominees hit the target, then the nominee with the least new total votes will be eliminated, and a new round of re-distribution procedure begins. On each of the newly eliminated ballot, if the number two ranked nominee listed has also been already eliminated, then the number three ranked nominee listed will be replaced as having received an additional number one vote. The rounds of re-distribution procedure will repeat until 1 remaining nominee hit the target.

 The Academy’s Objective for Such Voting System:

The Academy wants the Oscar Best Picture winner to be a movie that is best liked among most of the Academy members. Last year, for example, LA LA LAND’s popularity among Academy members was quite “polar” – many loved it, but many thought it was way too overrated. MOONLIGHT, on the other hand, was very much liked by most Academy members. So, under the preferential voting system, MOONLIGHT became Oscar Best Picture.

Trends Exhibited by Oscar Best Picture Winners under the New Voting System:

I have done some analyses on my own, and found some interesting trends among Oscar Best Picture winners since 2010. (One of these trends has been pointed out by other writers.)

1. The winner’s North American box office gross was always less than at least 3 of the other Oscar Best Picture nominees for the same year. For example, last year, among the nominees, the top grossing three in North America were HIDDEN FIGURES, LA LA LAND, and ARRIVAL. They did not win Oscar Best Picture.

2. The winner had always received beforehand a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. For example, last year, LA LA LAND did not receive such a nomination. It did not win Oscar Best Picture.

3. The winner had always received beforehand a Golden Globe nomination for either Best Motion Picture – Drama, or Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

4. The winner had always received beforehand a place among the Yearly Top Films list announced by the National Board of Review.

5. The winner’s critical rating as published by www.rottentomatoes.com had always been more than 90%.Using Such Trends to Predict This Year’s Oscar Best Picture Winner (even before the Academy has announced the Best Picture nominees):

Let us start with the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The nominees this year are THE BIG SICK, GET OUT, LADY BIRD, MUDBOUND, and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI.

However, THE BIG SICK, MUDBOUND, and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI did not get included in the Yearly Top Films list announced by the National Board of Review.

So only GET OUT and LADY BIRD remain to be contenders. GET OUT’s North American box office has already reached $175,686,870, and is almost certain to be one of the top three grossing movies among the potential Oscar Best Picture nominees. (The other two likely top grossing nominees would be COCO and DUNKIRK, or DUNKIRK and THE POST.)

So only LADY BIRD remains. It has already qualified under Trends 2 to 5 listed above, and is quite likely to qualify under Trend 1.

Therefore, if the above listed trends prevail this year, LADY BIRD seems positioned to win Oscar Best Picture.

Industry People Are Predicting Exceptions to Existing Trends This Year:

1. The unprecedented momentum of the Me Too/Time’s Up Movement would likely affect the voting of Academy members. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, for example, is about a mother seeking justice for her daughter who was raped and murdered. Such content would seem very politically correct in respect to the Movement.

2. Several movies, such as THE POST and ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD, were very late in sending out DVD screeners to members of various guilds due to delays in post-production. Consequently, these movies were not seen by Screen Actors Guild members before such members voted for nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, perhaps resulting in these movies not getting nominated by Screen Actors Guild. But Academy voters have now received the DVD screeners and may vote for these movies in Oscar ballots.

Final Words:

I hope the above gives you a better understanding about the upcoming Oscar Best Picture race. Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Thank you for reading.

David

 

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「老呆遊記」之「人有三急」

(Through Rose-Coloured Glasses)

老呆,老人癡呆之謂也。

老呆出外遠遊,經常有個口頭禪,掛在嘴邊:

     有得去時便須去

     莫待無廁空叫急

老呆有位朋友,每次旅遊,當旅行團要出發了,導遊提醒大家,作好準備,辦妥一切公事。但這位朋友,往往都無需要,I am good. 但開車後不久,他就釀著「人有三急」了。

又有一回,在北京,因為交通阻塞,要提前出發,大家都急忙集合上車。車行不出五分鐘,同行的一位兄弟,就大聲鼓噪起來,急得有如熱窩上的螞蟻,「前線告急」,幸好導遊眼利,見到遠處有一所公廁。旅遊車一停下來,這位兄弟就有如龍捲風一般,衝了出去。回來時,不好意思,小聲地:多喝了杯咖啡。

出門前,最好多少也換上一些當地的硬幣,以備不時之需,因為有很多國家( 以歐洲的國家為甚 ),上廁所是要收費的。如果身上沒有適當的硬幣,那就只會望門輕嘆,空著急了。

在巴黎近郊的一個小鎮上,有一座自動化的洗手間。放入適當的硬幣,廁所門就會自動打開,讓用進去解決三急。用後推門出來。聽說,曾經有人太過精在第一位客人出來時,推著門潛入,想免費使用,誰想到,門一關上,廁所就會自動噴水來清洗,結果弄得全身衣服盡濕。

真是雞唔到蝕把米。

在瑞典的斯德哥爾摩,卻碰到一個很特別的公廁模式。在那裡的火車總站,是個大型商場,裡邊商店林立,其中一個鋪位,就是一所公廁,當然是要收費的。如果顧客沒有現金,不用怕,這公廁是收信用卡的。繳費後進去,洗手間也有二十多間,管理得很乾淨,不時有員工在清潔,而且更是客似云來,也不用久候。

到收費,又記起在羅馬的一件趣事。老呆剛從公廁出來,門前有位大嬸在休息,還跟她打了個招呼。接著迎面而來是一隊自遊行的香港旅客,看樣子,是批很富旅遊經驗的識途老馬,帶頭的領隊,還在討論,上廁應收費多少。隊長見到大嬸,就自信地大聲急急發問:How much ? 大嬸打了個突,還末得回答,第二次 How much 又來了。大嬸趕快回了個价錢,也就樂意收取每人的繳費。其實,我用廁所時,既沒有大嬸,更沒有繳費。

聰明自有聰明誤,太過精叻了。

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《一月一日一場雪》__ 陳瑞文-(71)

《一月一日一場雪》

一月一日一場雪
一草一木一絮綿
望天望地望雁燕
望上望下望徒然

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《二零一八》 __ 陳瑞文 (71)

二零一八                                                                                  2018NY
心靈開發
澄明洞察
精誠通達

瑞文與君共勉

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《二零一八心靈開發》__ 陳瑞文 (71)

《二零一八心靈開發》

二十一世紀
零亂難民潮
一隅戰火起
八方禍害招
心慟哀傷絕
靈光何遠遙
開啟慈悲智
發願仇恨消

【 轉眼已是二零一八年,觀時審局,但見難民潮湧,戰雲密佈,核鬥陰霾,怎不令人痛心! 試問危難何由解決? 唯有世人返躬内省,開發心靈,啟用慈悲智慧,力求恨解仇消。】

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