🌊Strive and Rise! Underprivileged HKers get 10k each
Minions: Rise of Gru gets alternative 'good guy' ending in China
With a title like ‘Rise and Strive’, the memes really do write themselves. Here is one of my favourite motivational speeches from one of my most favourite motivational youtubers.
Today WILL be a good day. You WILL get out of bed and WORK HARD.
I will, if you will allow me to, keep procrastinating.
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10k for underprivielged kids who LIVE THE GRIND
A new government programme called ‘Rise and Strive’ will see 2000 underprivleged Form One to Three students be given $10,000 each and mentored on its usage.
Announced just yesterday, the one-year long programme aims to give students the ability to set long term goals and ultimately target inter-generational poverty, a core aim of John Lee’s manifesto.
Mentors will come from different industries in order to “enrich their personal experience and their understanding of Hong Kong, and also the details of other areas and occupations”, said Chief Secretary Eric Chan.
Criteria for the mentors are pretty general. They need to be:
21 or above (the younger the better)
Have a job
Able to offer shadowing oppourtunities
Able and willing to communicate with youth
Responsible and Committed
Positve and optimistic (guess I’m not applying)
Prepared to actively participate all year
When asked whether the government will consider ‘yellow’ figures as mentors, they said politics will not play a role as the goal is to target poverty and not political ideas.
Chan also made it clear that the money is not government or tax payer, but given by “big companies and the commercial sector”.
COVID in Hong Kong
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Don’t break isolation rules, they’ll find you
The government reminds everyone to follow quarantine and isolation rules, such as keeping your wristbands on when in home quarantine.
Cutting your wristband, leaving your place of residence or deleting LeaveHomeSafe are criminal offences, subject to a maximum fine of $10,000 and imprisonment for six months.
I am bad guy, but not bad guy
Minions: Rise of Gru is the film that inspired the gentleminions meme where people going to the cinema would dress up in suits, hold their hands together in a Gru-like motion and throw bananas at the screen.
Minions: Rise of Gru is also now the film that has inspired a new pro-police ending in China.
The film, which is a prequel to the rest of the Despicable Me franchise sees anti-hero Gru learn the ropes of crime from his master Wild Knuckles. At the end of the film, Wild Knuckles fakes his death to avert the police and he and Gru fly off into the distance.
But not in the Mainland - audiences there were instead treated to what one Weibo commentator described as a ‘Powerpoint Presentation’; a white text on black background saying that the police were not decieved by Wild Knuckles, caught him and put him in prison for twenty years. While in prison, Knuckles started a theatre troupe using his con-man skills. Gru meanwhile grows up to be a responsible man and raises three daughters.
I guess that’s not uh…entirely wrong…. but he doesn’t get the change of heart till the end of the first film during which he tries to steal the f***ing moon.
Regardless of the new ending, Rise of Gru is reportedly China’s highest earning animation at box office since the pandemic.
I’ve tried all day to find screenshots of the Chinese ending, if anyone has them, send them my way plsss
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