[MELBOURNE CITY] Response that Melbourne is named World’s 3rd Best City

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Where I read the article: Melbourne named world’s third best city

Commentary:

Melbournians rejoice! We have been recently claimed as the World’s 3rd Best City! Not bad at all.

“Falling from second last year, Melbourne won praise for recent public transport upgrades and its low crime rate – though Monocle’s data gave it the highest murder rate on its index of 25 cities.  “

Although we dropped from third place to second place, it’s still good enough considering there are so many cities in the world that are hungry to grab the title. I think this title for Melbourne is well-deserved, for many reasons that this article did not say:

1. We are an international sports city (2014 Sports-Business Ultimate Sports City). Every year we host the Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments (Australian Open) in Melbourne, featuring top-notch tennis players like Roger Federer, not to also mention our amazing Nick Kyrgios from Australia who defeated World No.1 Nadal before. Also, out of the whole Australia we have the highest attendance rates of AFL fans. 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Melbourne Cup, you name it.

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2. We have rather unique architecture. Examples include the Art Preinct, Eureka Tower, Federation Square, Flinders Street Station, all which are known for their design (maybe Federation Square is renowned for its architecture infamously).

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3. Nice Public Transport. Ever since the Metcards were abolished, I can happily say that Melbourne’s public transport system has improved tremendously in terms of efficiency even though we have few technical problems here and there. In particular, our recently upgraded trams make us different compared to other cities, where I believe we are the first city in Australia to have trams operating. Down at Swanston Street there’s even an opportunity for you to be on a horse carriage.

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Besides these reasons, we have a great Health-care system, relatively low crime rates for a city and more importantly we are a multicultural and multi-faith society.

In order for me to not be overly Melbourne-patriotic, I acknowledge that there’s also quite a few things that we could improve on, and I know we will.

Do you agree with me? Feel free to comment below.

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[TRANSPORT][REVIEW] City Circle Tram

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“Embarrassing Hard to Use but Overall a Great Present by the Local Government”

See my original review from: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g255100-d522372-r210424385-City_Circle_Tram-Melbourne_Victoria.html

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One of the major contributing factors as to why I gave this 4 stars is because the tram service is 100% free for tourists! But don’t expect it to be nicely air-conditioned and well-spaced out. Because it is not. Nine out of ten of the time there will be crowded people full of local residents wanting to get a free ride and stressed tourists trying to know when their stop is. A redeeming factor however is that the tram drivers are usually accommodating and nice, the timetable is rather frequent and there is a recorded commentary being a virtual tourist guide informing you about the famous tourists destinations as you pass them and you can decide whether you want to hop off and visit the attraction. This is also a special tram service in terms of its design and history as it is one of the last existing historical trams still operating. Ignore the forgiveable inconveniences and use it as a free transport service to guide you around the heart of Melbourne!

[Business][Interesting] Response to New Watermark Technology to ‘Stop’ Illegal Music Downloads

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Where I read the article: Watermark technology from Deakin University touted as key to stopping illegal downloads

Commentary:

What a breakthrough news. Since 2000s onwards, people have been downloading music illegally and now Melbourne researchers have found a way to stop all this? In all honesty I am not too confident that this Watermark technology will work because those illegal down-loaders will always find a way to get through loopholes.

“Artists deserve protection and it’s been an area of great frustration, so if anything that’s come out of Deakin becomes reality, I’d be not just proud of Deakin but proud of Australia.”

I personally think that we shouldn’t download illegal music because it’s not just businesses that are impacted from this, so are the singers from the first place. Musicians basically earn nothing when people download illegally, and they still don’t receive much commission from CD resellers either, amid the music industry is dying. But I guess at the end of the day it’s up to people to decide if they want to download songs illegally or not.

“Almost all Australian music downloads illegal”

“Professor Yong Xiang said 95 per cent of music downloads in Australia were illegal, with about 2.8 million Australian using illegal file sharing networks.”

This is a very true fact. People download illegally. It’s free. It’s convenient.

For starters, I only sometimes listen to music from my phone. When I do, I either listen music off from YouTube (partly because you can see the music video visually) or pop on ‘Freegal’ (where you download music legally but there are limits on a weekly basis as to how many songs you can download). By the way, I highly recommend people to check out Freegal. It’s a cool site and you don’t get into trouble with the law.

 

[Interesting] Response to NSW man who ‘found’ the Russian Space Junk and plans to sell it for $100,000

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Where I read the article: NSW man who believes he found space junk from Russian rocket posts it on Gumtree for $100,000

Commentary:

I guess finder’s keepers was what the guy who found the ‘Space Junk’ was thinking. It’s also what comes up to peoples’ minds when they find a treasure; sell it for as more as you can and earn a profit for something that’s not yours in the first place. I didn’t get a chance to see the space junk flying back Melbourne’s sky that night but I agree that it was indeed a phenomenon.

“What is a bit surprising is the track it took, which is long, long away from the line we got from the US and most of the eyewitnesses,”

This raises the question whether the space junk is genuine in the first place. I frankly am not too sure if this object is real but from what researchers have said we can establish that it’s more or less a space junk, the matter of fact is just whether if it was from the Russian rocket.

And before we get everything all cleared up, he’s asking for $100,000 on Gumtree. A smart move I would say would be to go and show this directly to N.A.S.A, confirm whether this space junk was from the Russian rocket, get international attention and then it is probably his to sell, and possibly for a even higher price.The only drawback from this is of course if N.A.S.A asks to have it back haha.

Professor Bland: “If you can remember roughly where it was in the sky, download the app and go through the steps to record it,”

It’s amusing to know how much technology has taken us. People whether from Melbourne or anywhere from around the world can now just download an app and help space researchers about tracing debris. We are now all amateur astronomers!

 

 

[Education] Response to Alex Gunning’s High Achievement for the International Mathematical Olympiad

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Where I read this article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-16/melbourne-teenage-mathlete-wins-gold-for-the-second-time-/5602226?&section=news

 

Commentary:

 

Great news for Melbourne! A seventeen year old student from Melbourne, ‘Alex Gunning’ just earned a Gold Medal for the International Mathematical Olympiad! For the second time! Gunning and his family should be well and truly proud of him and applaud him for taking opportunities with his mathematical talent to an international level. Gods knows what he will get for VCE Year 12 if he takes on Further Mathematics, Mathematical Methods (CAS) and Specialist Mathematics altogether!

When we do maths at school it’s just the same thing over and over again, and that’s why we think maths is boring, but the IMO and Olympiads … aren’t like that.

Alex Gunning said this and I have a different opinion about this. Maths at school, whether it’s the VCE, HCS or even SAT there are a range of mathematical topics like Functions, Trigonometric, Calculus, you name it. Even though it can be difficult for mainstream students, it is a challenging experience.

“I’m quite pleased with the result obviously, and a lot of people seem to be quite proud of me, it’s also apparently quite good for your career to have these things on your resume … so I’m quite happy with that as well.”

Gunning sure will have an impressive resume and I’m sure Glen Waverley Secondary College is going to be celebrating like crazy right now. Alex no doubt has a bright future ahead of him and all the best for him!

 

Have any thoughts about this as well? Feel free to comment!

 

Welcome to my Blog!

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Welcome to my blog! This is a special blog for me to express my own sincere and genuine opinions on recent Melbourne news. I will sometimes incorporate commentary on news from other Australian states and news from around the world, but my focus is clearly on Melbourne news.

Please feel free to comment on my posts so we can create lively discussions!

 

[Sport] A Response to Liam Jurrah’s Release from Jail

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Where I read the article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-16/supporters-not-giving-up-on-jurrah-whos-set-for-release/5602712?&section=news

Commentary: 

I can’t believe that Liam Jurrah’s jail sentence has already been due. I am not a keen supporter from him partly due to his history of abusing relatives and trouble with the law, but from this article you can tell that his changed. Liam’s had his punishment with a jail sentence, a further punishment by being kicked out of AFL and now it’s time for him to have a new life. He’s learnt his lesson.

‘It’s about time you just be a role model’

This quote was from the article and I don’t quite agree with it. Liam Jurrah was just released from jail. What has he done right now that earns a title for him to become a role model?

Don’t mistaken me. Again I think he’s changed for good but he needs to prove himself with him that his praise-worthy. In the article it suggests perhaps there is a chance for him to be back in AFL. Rather than being an AFL player again, I think he should venture out and find new job opportunities: explore the world, reflect on his past and even get a career change. I think he needs to shake his life a bit and it might be a bit too overwhelming for him to just return on the field again.

He made staying out of trouble his main priority.

About this quote: I think so as well.

Agree or don’t agree with my thoughts? Feel free to comment and I am always open for constructive discussions.