Alvin Yeung wins Legco by-election

The Civic Party’s Alvin Yeung has promised to help reform Legco’s pan-democrats after a convincing win in the Legislative Council by-election for the New Territories East constituency.

Even though the pan-democratic vote was split between Yeung and other pro-democracy candidates – both more moderate and more radical – the barrister received 160,880 votes, or 37.2 percent of the 432,581 ballots cast, to beat out his closest challenger, Holden Chow of the DAB party, by more than 10,000 votes.

24 year-old activist Edward Leung from the localist group Hong Kong Indigenous also had a strong showing, garnering 66,524 votes — over 15 percent of the 432,581 total votes cast.

After the election results were announced early Monday morning, Yeung immediately pledged to shake up the way the pan-democrats operate in the legislative council.

“No doubt… Hong Kong people are expecting pan-democrats to reform, and I understand that I have this duty to take part in this reform,” Yeung said. He said the Civic Party is willing to assume greater responsibility and help unite the fractured camp.

His victory means that the pan-democratic camp will hold on to its one-seat majority in the directly-elected geographic constituency seats in the legislature. However, Yeung said that doesn’t mean everything will be business as usual.

“I don’t think people are happy that pan-democrat legislators simply press the veto button and simply say that this is the darkest day for HK democracy. In fact, I have seen in the past few months that legislators across [the pan-democratic camp] are willing and happy to get united and do something more than just pressing the button, like filibustering, and to get out of the seat and try to stop the bill,” he said.

Civic Party chair Audrey Eu said she’s relieved that Alvin Yeung was able to reclaim the seat that his mentor, Ronny Tong, formerly held before he resigned from the council last June. “It’s a very critical seat, and I’m very relieved that… the pan-democrats are able to keep this seat and, in a way, still maintain veto power in Legco as far as the direct-election seats are concerned,” she said.

The DAB’s Holden Chow said he was sorry he didn’t meet people’s expectations, but will continue to walk on the “right track”. Chow added that he hasn’t decided whether he will join the full Legislative Council elections in September yet.

Last updated: 2016-02-29 HKT 06:53

Volcanic eruption warning issued for Mt Io in Kyushu



The Japan Meteorological Agency warned Sunday of a possible small eruption at Mt. Io, which straddles the southwestern prefectures of Miyazaki and Kagoshima, after observing an increase in volcanic earthquakes.

The local government in Ebino declared a 1-kilometer no-entry zone around the crater of Mt. Io, part of the Kirishima mountains, while the weather agency said that large stones could be ejected within a 1-km radius in the event of an eruption.

The agency detected 50 volcanic temblors by 3 p.m. Sunday at the 1,317-meter volcano, the highest per day since it set up seismometers there in March 2013.

Volcanic activity has intensified since last year, the agency said. In addition to volcanic quakes, fumarolic gas was observed in December and areas with high ground heat have been expanding.

An end to ‘using fire to reignite hatred,’ urges KMT after attack

TAIPEI–The ruling Kuomintang (KMT) expressed regret over a violent protest against it earlier Sunday and stressed that it will never forget the “historical lessons” of the violent crackdown it initiated in Taiwan nearly seven decades ago.


“The KMT will continue to pursue social harmony,” said a KMT spokeswoman after a motorcyclist was found to have thrown Molotov cocktails at the party’s headquarters in Taipei.

The protester also flung flyers calling for holding the KMT and the United States accountable for “the massacre and political suppression in Taiwan” that began on Feb. 28, 1947, and demanded that the KMT return its ill-gotten assets to Taiwan’s people.

Lin Yih-hua (林奕華), director of the KMT’s Department of Culture and Communications, said it was regrettable that such a violent protest had happened on a day marked by “historical wounds.”

The 228 Incident refers to the KMT’s crackdown on protests of its abuse of power in Taiwan following the end of Japanese colonial rule.

The crackdown was triggered by an event on Feb. 27, 1947, and lasted for several weeks, leaving up to 28,000 people dead, according to government estimates.

The KMT’s authoritarian rule clamped down further on dissent after the Nationalists retreated to Taiwan from China in 1949, launching a period known as the “White Terror,” when thousands more were killed or arrested.

Only in the late 1980s with the lifting of martial law did the KMT’s grip on society begin to weaken.

Lin said the KMT and the incumbent KMT administration of President Ma Ying-jeou have made great efforts over the years “to heal the wounds and proactively promote reconciliation among ethnic groups.”

She said her party was worried that such a radical way of expressing views might create new “hatred and stand-offs” in Taiwan, which already enjoys freedom of expression and ethnic harmony.

She called for “greater tolerance and respect” in dealing with the historical issue by applying the “same sets of human rights and rule of law standards.”

Huang Min-hui (黃敏慧), the party’s acting chairwoman who is running to assume the party’s top post, denounced the violence and urged all KMT haters to stop “using historical wounds to create stand-offs and divisions.”

4 Reasons Why Gyms Should Be For Men Only


1. It would increase testosterone levels and competitiveness


There are hundreds or studies and peer reviewed articles that show a direct link between exercise and and increase in testosterone levels, with weightlifting providing a greater boost than any other type of workout; deadlifts have been shown to increase testosterone by higher amounts for example.

As men we know very well the benefits of testosterone. It’s quite honestly the building block of masculinity and higher levels of this hormone increase desirable male characteristics. There has also been a strong link between increases in testosterone and men in close proximity or working out together. It appears that just being around other men with racing testosterone levels can help to increase your own hormonal balance.

If you have ever been to a gym with other men, I bet you also picked a higher weight or rep, possibly worked out for longer, and worked harder. This is because testosterone (amongst other desirable traits) makes men more competitive and stronger. Working out with other men increases your competitiveness and forces you to push yourself and improve your personal best.


2. It would mean that men would only give up equipment for other men.


Let me set the scene—you have gone into the gym with the intention of working your legs, you have a set routine, and it’s coming up to the squat part of your workout. You go to the squat rack to find that it is being used by a woman who has a bar weight of 20kg (50 lbs).

Now in an ideal world we would go up and tell her to “jog on” and find a more female appropriate piece of equipment; but unfortunately that is likely to get you removed from the gym. So now you have to wait and rearrange your workout to fit around this woman, who in all reality should be concentrating on cardio to lose that fat rather than a more masculine workout.

I have no issue with rearranging my own workout to fit around another man undertaking a proper workout. Furthermore, men are much more cooperative with each other in a gym environment and willing to to give a nod when they are finished, or allow you to jump in during their rest times if the weights are the same.

If we must have mixed gyms then there should be a rule if a man approaches the squat rack and it’s being used by a woman she should step aside and let him jump ahead of her.


3. It would stop the distractions


We are all men, and let’s be honest we are  often checking women. There are some alright women in the gym and this can be a distraction during a time when we should be concentrating on our workout and improving ourselves. From a personal point of view I also find the the women of high body fat distracting, not because I am checking them out, but rather because I am disgusted at having to watch them wobble around the gym.


4. It would encourage brotherhood and male bonding


Men are competitive and can be aggressive towards each other when competing for resources. However, they are also by far more supportive of other men. Women are irrational, emotional, and caustic towards each other. We work better together, and are more willing to support each other to achieve our common aims. Mixed gyms discourage this kind of fellowship by changing the dynamic. Instead of the positive competitiveness of sport, there is a tendency to compete for the “cute” girl.

Men only gyms would encourage the positive traits of brotherhood and support, while giving us a distraction free to improve ourselves. Why not give it a try?