Lunar New Year Celebrated With Record Warm Weather

February 8, 2019

NewsStandOnline.Net (8-February-2019): The weather in Hong Kong in the past two days was the warmest ever recorded during the first lunar month of the Year of the Pig.

According to the Hong Kong Observatory, the temperature went as high as 25.8 degrees Celsius at 4 p.m. yesterday.

It was the highest daily maximum air temperature recorded on the third day of the Lunar New Year since the Observatory began keeping track of the records in 1884, surpassing the previous record of 25.6 degrees Celsius on the same day in 1970.

New Year Celebrated With Records Warm Weather

Temperatures in Lau Fau Shan and Yuen Long hit 29.8 and 28.8 degrees Celsius, respectively, while Sham Shui Po and Kowloon City also recorded 27 degrees Celsius.

Wednesday was also the warmest second day of the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, with the daily maximum air temperature recorded at the Observatory climbing to 24.9 degrees Celsius.

The Observatory, however, forecast that a northeast monsoon will start to affect Hong Kong during the weekend and early next week, causing the weather to become cooler with the temperature down to 19 or 18 degrees Celsius.

Roe Ethridge’s Sanctuary Goes On Display At Gagosian

February 7, 2019

NewsStandOnline.Net (7-February-2019): Gagosian at its Hong Kong venue is showcasing “Sanctuary,” an exhibition of new photographs by Roe Ethridge.

On view through March 9, 2019, the exhibition includes photographs that were taken at a cleaning facility in Brooklyn, New York, across the street from a photo studio where Ethridge often shoots for commissioned projects.

“In this exhibition, Ethridge moves between work and home, city and country, labor and leisure, switching codes as he goes. The images interrupt each other, like fragments of different stories coming together to form a single, ludic narrative,” states the press communique.

The self-portrait from 2017 shows Ethridge’s face, covered in sunblock, peering over his cellphone into a mirror. Then, his face appears again on the torso of model Maryel Sousa — as if her leotard has accidentally reflected the man behind the camera.

“Images of workers in their uniforms and the six-part work ‘Suds and Rugs at Megerian Rug Cleaners’ (2018), which shows paintlike smears of soap over saturated carpets, contrast with photographs that were taken on the very same block, including a portrait of actor Lakeith Stanfield in a coiffed auburn wig,” says the gallery.

Roe Ethridge’s Sanctuary Goes On Display At Gagosian

Placing the staged and the real on the same plane, the artist makes it difficult to determine which photographs are sincere, and whether notions of sincerity or truth are relevant at all.

According to the gallery, like Ethridge’s photographs, the significance of the word “sanctuary” shifts drastically depending on its context, be it immigration debates, religious sites, or ecological preserves.

Roe Ethridge was born in 1969 in Miami and lives and works in New York. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Tate, London; and Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium.

Recent exhibitions include “Momentum 4: Roe Ethridge,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2005); the 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York; Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2012, traveled to M-Museum Leuven, Belgium); and “Nearest Neighbor,” the 3rd FotoFocus Biennial, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2016).

Hong Kong Face Wild Boar Dilemma In Year Of The Pig

February 4, 2019

NewsStandOnline.Net (4-February-2019): One of the world’s most densely populated cities, Hong Kong, is facing a proliferation of wild boars as the large mammals stray increasingly into built-up areas.

And while some residents welcome sightings of the boars as a symbol of good fortune, especially with the arrival of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Pig on Tuesday, others say reports of attacks show that the wild pigs are becoming a danger.

The global financial hub isn’t well known for its biodiversity, but with 40 percent of its land area comprised of protected country parks and reserves, it still harbors creatures such as boar, barking deer, porcupine, otters, threatened pangolins, giant Burmese pythons and more than 530 species of birds, some highly endangered.

Continued urbanization of the city of 7.4 million is now increasingly drawing droves of wild boar to the teeming metropolis’ fringes. Boars have charged down hikers, raided rubbish tips and camp sites, and even scampered through a shopping mall and a runway at the airport.

“Most Hong Kong wild boars, at this point, have already lost their fear of humans,” said Roni Wong, a member of a community group campaigning for the protection of wild boars.

“The cause of it is feeding, which causes them to lose their natural instincts,” added Wong, who has identified numerous spots where residents feed wild animals in violation of local wildlife protection laws.

Wild Boar Dilemma In Year Of The Pig

The habituation of boars to humans has brought some safety concerns. Complaints against wild pigs have more than doubled since 2013, with over 700 incidents reported in 2017, including some attacks on people.

“A lot of the residents who used to take part in outdoor leisure activities, especially at night, are no longer doing that,” said Jeremy Young, a district councillor for the Peak, an affluent area with a conspicuous boar population in its woods.  “They are scared. You don’t want to run into a 250 pound (113 kilogram) male pig with tusks.”

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said in a statement that some pigs “pose imminent risks to public safety, particularly those which have attacked people, or are accustomed to searching for food around built-up areas and also getting easily irritated.”

Young believes the government should once again allow the selective culling of boars by “civilian hunting teams” to mitigate the porcine threat, a practice that was suspended in 2017 after an outcry by animal rights groups.

The AFCD, however, rejected this proposal. Instead, it said it would take measures to put down, or relocate troublesome pigs to wilder areas, and to fit some with GPS trackers.

Authorities say they don’t know the size of Hong Kong’s wild pig population, nor whether numbers have actually increased or whether they’re just venturing more frequently into urban areas.