52nd Annual Hispanic Day Parade: New York City

Sunday, October 9th was a day well-celebrated by all Hispanics in New York City. More than 4,000 people danced and paraded, while up to one million spectators came together to praise the Hispanic culture. Below you will see a short video that captures the atmosphere and talks to two spectators, one of whom has traveled from out-of-state to attend the parade, and the other from Honduras to visit the one and only ‘Nueva York’.

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#ShareTheLove

Hurricane Matthew, the category 5 deadly cyclone, ruthlessly ripped through the Western Atlantic, taking the lives of 1,039 victims and wreaking havoc on Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and parts of the eastern United States coast.

In the midst of devastation, there is a shining light: Jane Waterous.

The Canadian artist’s work is a depiction of the “courage it takes to Live, Laugh & Love.” Her pieces celebrate life, the Human Spirit, the character of solitude and harmony, and the essence of calm. This notion of calmness, though seemingly nonexistent in moments of catastrophe and disaster, is essential. The unity of people through hope and love is what leads to recovery.

#ShareTheLove is a beautifully composed short video, depicting the unity of people in Paradise Island, the Bahamas, in the wake of the fatal tropical cyclone:

For more information:

http://www.janewaterous.com

http://www.facebook.com/janewaterous

Heart Chase: We’re paintin’ the town RED

The American Heart Association, founded in 1924, is an organisation whose mission to build healthier lives and eliminate cardiovascular diseases. As the nation’s largest and oldest organisation to voluntarily combat heart disease, AHA has been actively fighting to improve lives, with the support of currently more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters.
On Saturday, October 1st, ‘Heart Chase’ came to Boston. The community adventure fun race consists of a mapped course, taking participants through the city of Boston completing a series of activities and collecting points to, essentially, ‘chase away’ heart disease for good.
Despite dreary conditions and the persistent spatters of rain, runners from Boston University completed the course, navigating their path and tracking their performance on the Heart Chase mobile app.
With my raincoat’s hood tied to the brim of my face, layers of sweaters underneath, and my phone in hand, I completed the course with four teammates. Take a look below:

 

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Trainers and raincoats: this year’s ‘Heart Chase’ essentials

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Checkpoint 4: participants check off a stop and prepare to complete the activity

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One of the many eager volunteers of the day’s event, sporting her AHA t-shirt

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Another checkpoint’s activity: to guess the number of calories and nutritional value in each item of food

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After the guessing game came the challenge of running 140 steps in as little time as possible

 

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After running through Northeastern campus, Brookline, and Back Bay, participants took on Fenway’s neighbourhood in search of the next checkpoint

It was a successful, yet incredibly wet, day of Heart Chase. We’ll be back next year! #JO304

With thanks to the American Heart Association and all the efforts put in by the volunteers for this event.

 

 

The Presidential Debate: A Foretelling by Boston.com

Monday September 26th is a date known to the majority of U.S. citizens and residents who are following the presidential election, for it’s the very first presidential debate. As Boston.com puts it, it’s going to be “an extraordinary class over race and gender” from the two candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Though the content of the post seems appropriate to the headline, the post fails to incorporate any form of multimedia or features to attract the reader, other than the one image of technicians setting up the stage, as shown below.

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The article opens by setting the scene of the upcoming debate and stating that the candidates have opposing views and ideals in terms of cultural issues that are “convulsing the nation.” It then jumps into supporting Clinton’s case, before demeaning Trump’s actions, and repeatedly does so throughout the article. Undoubtedly, the article is biased in favour of Clinton.

Though the authors include a quote from a Harvard law professor in graf five, it seems a little out of place. He states the extremity of the divergence is “unlike anything [he has] confronted in [his] adult life.” The professor, albeit being an accredited source, does not surface again in the article. The placement of this quote seems unnecessary, given that he does not have an integral part to play in the debate.

The article includes several quotes from the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, a former House speaker, and a Democratic adviser, among others. There are only two quotes from Republicans. Though this shows bias again, the quotes aid the article in giving a voice to the people.

The lengthy article of 1193 words is organised poorly, from a visual perspective. With only one image for the entire piece, the long text has no breaks other than two advertisements. This makes the length of the piece daunting to read, unless the reader is truly fascinated by the content. There are therefore no features to offer other than hyperlinks to aforementioned content, such as video footage from Charlotte, North Carolina.

In terms of traffic, the only tools and methods used are these mentioned hyperlinks, which redirects readers to other sites and sources of information.

The article is also available on the mobile application Boston.com with the same format. The typeface used is Helvetica, size 14. This is appropriate on the mobile version, as it is more leisurely read. However, as a political news feature piece, I did not prefer this type on the web version. A different type, such as Times New Roman, would perhaps be considered a little more “political news” appropriate.

Overall, the piece has good content, which we can criticise as we wish, but the visual appeal is lacking. The inclusion of a poll, chart, or graph of any sort would give more clarity to the candidates’ positions within the upcoming debate. Additionally, the article totally lacks to even show the reader the faces of the future president.