A 23-year-old 5'7" student from Shanghai, Cindy Zhong, became Miss Chinese Vancouver 2013 last night at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Zhong will be Vancouver's representative at the Miss Chinese International Pageant, which will take place in Hong Kong in 2014.
The first runner-up was Vancouver-born dancing and yoga enthusiast Jennifer Diane Lee. (Learn about all the finalists here.)
The event was put on by Fairchild TV.
That didn't last long. On Thursday (December 12), Twitter updated its blocking policy. Later that day, the social-media service reinstated the old policy.
In a blog post, Twitter vice-president Michael Sippey said the reversal was made in response to a user backlash:
Earlier today, we made a change to the way the “block” function of Twitter works. We have decided to revert the change after receiving feedback from many users – we never want to introduce features at the cost of users feeling less safe. Any blocks you had previously instituted are still in effect.
Until now, when you blocked people on Twitter, they couldn't follow you and wouldn't see your tweets in their streams. Of course, harassers could always go to your public profile and read your updates there, but it would take a little extra effort on their part.
For today's Photo of the Day post, we couldn't pick just one.
While winter doesn't officially start for another week, these snowy photos from the contributors to the Georgia Straight's Flickr pool have us ready for the season in a big way.
Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.
LGBT rights took a step backward in countries such as India and Australia this week while gains were made in Japan and Germany. Here's a roundup of LGBT news from across Canada and around the world.
There will be one less relative at Kim Jong-un’s dinner table this Christmas.
North Korean media announced today (December 12) that the country has executed Jang Song Thaek, a former state official and Kim Jong-un’s uncle, calling Jang “worse than a dog”.
According to the CBC, this announcement comes days after Jang had been removed from his post—as North Korea’s second-most powerful person—due to allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing, and “generally leading a ‘dissolute and depraved life.’”
Former Vancouver resident Craig Cobb allowed himself to be videotaped last month in Leith, North Dakota, while carrying a rifle with fellow racist Kynan Dutton.
Along the way, the ex–Downtown Eastside resident got into an expletive-laden war of words with a Christian preacher.
(Warning: the video and article below contain searing profanities.)
Cobb moved to Leith earlier this year to set up an all-white community.
At 2:50 of the video, Cobb walks by the preacher's house and shouts: "Hey, you son-of-a-bitch Christian....Fuck you, you little pussy boy. Come on over here."
Cobb later accuses the man of trying to run him out of "this goddamned town".
The preacher then mutters something unintelligible.
The petition, started by Kaine Delay, points to the 2011 Stanley Cup riot as the reason NYE VAN 2015, scheduled for December 31, 2014 should not go forward.
The signature drive by the group Sensible B.C. to petition a provincial referendum on decriminalizing marijuana has run out of time. Monday (December 9) was the deadline for the petition to be handed in to Elections B.C. By all press accounts, like this one in the Province, the effort will fall far short of the required 400,000-some signatures.