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Ratchanok withdraws from India Open 2014

By SARUN SAELEE

Ratchanok Intanon

Photo: Ratchanok Intanon page on Facebook

BANGKOK – Thailand’s world number four in women’s singles, Ratchanok Intanon, will miss a chance to defend her title at impending YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2014 because of an unrecovered left calf injury.

Kanitsara Ngoensrisuk, the executive director of Ratchanok’s club Banthongyod Badminton School, said Ratchanok has not fully recovered and will not be fit in time before the tournament begins next week. YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2014 with prize money of 250,000 dollars offered will take place in New Delhi on April 1-6.

Ratchanok won over Germany’s Juliane Schenk in the final round of YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2013.

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Posted by on 25/03/2014 in Journalistic Entry

 

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Dolphins not for delicious menu

By SARUN SAELEE

HONG KONG — Dolphins are considered as one of the friendliest creatures of human being. However, many thousands of them have been killed by people for food. If dolphins’ meat is not safe to be consumed, should such an adorable marine mammal with full of self-awareness still be slaughtered?

Ric O'Barry at Hong Kong Baptist University

Ric O'Barry at Hong Kong Baptist University. Photo: Sarunlee

According to The Cove, the 2010 Oscar winning documentary film, directed by Louie Psihoyos and starring Ric O’Barry, more than 2,000 dolphins are slaughtered each year in Taiji, a coastal city of Japan. They are killed for human food while some are traded to amusement parks, aquariums and so-called dolphinariums for their shows. Importantly, their hunting practice, known as dolphin drive hunting, is also deemed unacceptable for the world community.

Although the movie has been screened broadly, and eating the dolphin meat is actually risky for human health, especially children and pregnant women due to high levels of mercury contamination, the dolphin slaughter is still going on.

O’Barry, the veteran dolphin activist, said the meat could be used for fertilizer, pet food and sometimes is served as a free lunch for students in Japan. Moreover, many people are really not aware of the issue and still consuming. He spoke in a Q&A session at Hong Kong Baptist University Tuesday after showing part of The Cove.

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Posted by on 14/03/2012 in Journalistic Entry

 

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The Last Lesson

By SARUN SAELEE 

It is 7 a.m. on a day in early 1998. A middle-aged man is slowly walking down the stairs in his three-floor building in the heart of Bangkok. Once he reaches the ground, he sees his 11-year-old youngest son rushing his homework with his pen sprinting on his notebook.

Somnich Saelee is staring at his busy son as if he would like to lecture him for being irresponsible again but he is too weak to say anything because of the aching stomach. The boy immediately senses the dissatisfaction and feels uncomfortable. He shies away from meeting eye contact and leaves for a private school, Sitabutr Bamrung, with his unfinished assignment.

Somnich is 41 years old when he is diagnosed as having the final stage of liver cancer although he neither drinks nor smokes. A medical examination at Saint Louis Hospital, found the cancerous tumor covering almost the entire organ after he suffered from severe stomach ache for some time.

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Posted by on 05/12/2011 in Journalistic Entry

 

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“Super Dan” wins Hong Kong Open 2011

Chen (left) and Lin (right). Photo: Badminton World Federation

By SARUN SAELEE 

HONG KONG – Chinese world number three in men’s singles Lin Dan (林丹) Sunday defeated his compatriot Chen Jin (陳金) in the final of the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2011 and grabbed a $250,000 reward.

Current world champion Lin, alias Super Dan, won Chen, 2010 world champion, in two straight games 21-12, 21-19. In the semi-final match, Lin also beat world number one from Malaysia Lee Chong Wei (李宗偉) by the score of 21-16, 21-14.

Lee, as the top seed, was earlier expected to defend his title of the six-day event.

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World No.1 expected to win Hong Kong Open 2011

Lee Chong Wei kissing Malaysian flag on his shirt to celebrate his victory in 2011 Yonex French Open.

By SARUN SAELEE 

HONG KONG – It is only one week left before one of the badminton super series, the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2011, will kick off.  This time, Malaysian world number one in men’s singles Lee Chong Wei (李宗偉) is expected to defend his title of the event.

The Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2011 will take place at the Hong Kong Coliseum from Nov. 15-20, 2011. Winners of the 11th super series of the Badminton World Federation in each category, comprising men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles will be rewarded with $250,000.

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Hong Kong – Land of opportunity for Filipinos

Dozens of Filipinos are celebrating their one-day off in the heart of the city.

Dozens of Filipinos are celebrating their one-day off in the heart of the city. Photo: Sarunlee

By SARUN SAELEE 

HONG KONG – It was around 5 p.m. on a Sunday. A 29-year-old Filipino domestic helper sat with two friends in the city center. The three women were among throngs of Filipinos gathering here to enjoy their weekly day off.

In 2010, Hong Kong had 144,463 Filipinos, making them the largest minority group in this city. Most of them are domestic helpers, who are responsible for taking care of employers’ children, cooking, cleaning and others.

The woman, who asked not to be named for fear of being fired, earns HK$3,720 ($477) each month, lower than the minimum amount of HK$3,740 ($479) set by the authorities.

Despite receiving low salary compared to Hong Kongers, she said it was still higher than the amount they could earn in the Philippines.

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Posted by on 21/10/2011 in Journalistic Entry

 

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Confidence in sex and population structure

By SARUN SAELEE 

HONG KONG – Sex is a taboo subject in many countries, especially in Asia, but one aspect of sex will be raised publicly here. As the title of this blog post implies, sexual confidence and population structure in Hong Kong will be discussed as the following figures are indeed interesting.

First of all, start with a survey by Durex, a global leading condom producer in its “The Face of Global Sex 2008, the Path to Sexual Confidence” through the Durex Sexual Wellbeing Global Survey. This survey was developed to understand how and why sex is important for physical, emotional and psychological health. Respondents were of all ages, sexual orientations, cultures and lifestyles.

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Posted by on 05/10/2011 in Journalistic Entry

 

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