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Justin Solomon is an award winning television producer and journalist based in Hong Kong. He has spent the last 18 years working in the television news industry field producing, writing and photographing his way through history one day at time.

Justin is available in Hong Kong and around Asia for your field producing, news gathering, location scouting, picture taking, video documenting, and content creating needs. 

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Symmetric Volume Maps: Order-Invariant Volumetric Mesh Correspondence with Free Boundary

20 May 2024  |  ACM Transactions on Graphics
The article presents a method for achieving order-invariant volumetric mesh correspondence with free boundary conditions, focusing on symmetric volume maps. It contributes to the field of computer graphics and animation by providing a robust solution for volumetric mesh processing.

Covid-19 is certainly an unexpected event forcing so many of us to quickly adapt to the ever changing situation. Here is a look back at just some of my COVID reports over the last few months.

'Hysteria' among overseas voters as coronavirus issues threaten mail-in ballot delays

10 Sep 2020  |  www.nbcnews.com
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant concerns among the estimated 9 million Americans living abroad regarding their ability to cast absentee ballots in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. With disrupted mail services worldwide, democracy advocacy groups and political activists warn that time is running out. Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat of the U.S. Vote Foundation and other leaders express unprecedented levels of anxiety among overseas voters. The article highlights the challenges faced by voters in countries with suspended mail services and the high costs of private courier services. The U.S. Postal Service's reliability is questioned, and voters are urged to act quickly to ensure their ballots are counted.

Hong Kong hits back at 'shameless' U.S. sanctions on leader Carrie Lam

08 Aug 2020  |  www.aol.com
The Chinese and Hong Kong governments condemned the U.S. sanctions imposed on Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam and other officials, calling them a 'blatant and barbaric' interference in China's internal affairs. The sanctions, which freeze U.S. assets and prohibit business with the named individuals, were criticized as 'clowning actions' by China's Liaison Office. Hong Kong's new security law has been met with international criticism for eroding freedoms, while China and the U.S. relations continue to strain over various issues. The U.S. stands with the people of Hong Kong, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. China's ambassador to the U.S. called for both countries to work on repairing relations. President Trump also issued executive orders against Chinese companies ByteDance and Tencent, affecting apps TikTok and WeChat.

WHO reports record number of new coronavirus cases as death toll nears 600,000

19 Jul 2020  |  news.yahoo.com
A record 259,848 new coronavirus cases were reported globally in a single day, with the United States, Brazil, South Africa, and India seeing the largest increases. The global death toll is nearing 600,000, with 7,360 new deaths recorded on Saturday. Hong Kong is experiencing a third peak of infections, leading to extended social distancing measures. Mainland China reported 16 new cases, with Urumqi entering 'wartime mode.' Catalonia, Spain, is urging residents to stay home, and Iran's president suggested 25 million Iranians may have been infected. Melbourne, Australia, has mandated masks outdoors as cases rise.

Hong Kong police make first arrests under new security law

01 Jul 2020  |  www.aol.com
Hong Kong police made the first arrests under a new national security law imposed by China, coinciding with the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from the U.K. to China. The law, which outlaws secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces, has been widely condemned as a threat to Hong Kong's freedoms. Despite a ban on protests due to coronavirus concerns, thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets. The U.S. has responded by withdrawing some of Hong Kong's preferential trade treatment and imposing restrictions on Chinese officials and media outlets.

On China's Tiananmen anniversary, Hong Kong outlaws mocking anthem

04 Jun 2020  |  news.yahoo.com
Thousands in Hong Kong commemorated the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown despite an official ban. On the same day, Hong Kong criminalized insulting China's national anthem with penalties of up to three years in prison. The move is seen as further mainland encroachment on Hong Kong's autonomy, especially after Beijing's recent imposition of a security law. The U.S. and Taiwan have criticized China's actions, while China dismisses foreign condemnation. Pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong vow to continue their vigil, despite personal risks and the pandemic.

On China's Tiananmen anniversary, Hong Kong outlaws mocking anthem

04 Jun 2020  |  www.nbcnews.com
Thousands in Hong Kong commemorated the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown despite an official ban due to COVID-19. Concurrently, Hong Kong passed a law criminalizing insults to China's national anthem, with penalties of up to three years in prison. This move, along with a new security law from Beijing, is seen as further eroding the semi-autonomous region's freedoms. The U.S. has condemned these actions, with the State Department honoring those who died in 1989 and supporting ongoing aspirations for democracy in China. Taiwan called for an apology from China, which dismissed the demand. Despite restrictions, a virtual vigil and in-person gatherings occurred in Hong Kong.

China passes draft Hong Kong security law, sparking fear and anger

28 May 2020  |  Yahoo Entertainment
China's government has passed a draft security law for Hong Kong, raising concerns about human rights and the region's autonomy. The law, which addresses secession, subversion, terrorism, and foreign interference, has been criticized by pro-democracy activists and Western governments. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that the law could end Hong Kong's special status under U.S. law, potentially altering economic and trading relationships. The move is seen as a significant shift in China's approach to Hong Kong, with analysts suggesting it reflects Beijing's impatience with the region's failure to adopt national security legislation independently. The law's passage has sparked protests in Hong Kong, with demonstrators expressing fears over the erosion of freedoms and democratic values.

Hong Kong: Hundreds arrested as proposed security law worsens tensions

27 May 2020  |  www.nbcnews.com
Tensions in Hong Kong escalated as police arrested over 300 protesters opposing Beijing's proposed national security laws. The legislation, which includes penalties for insulting the Chinese national anthem, is seen by pro-democracy activists as a threat to Hong Kong's autonomy. The U.S. and other countries have expressed concerns, while Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam urged citizens to support the law, dismissing fears of reduced freedoms. The protests reflect broader anxieties about Beijing's influence over the former British colony.

China's power grab stuns protest-hit Hong Kong

22 May 2020  |  Yahoo News
Beijing's introduction of a new national security law threatens to limit protests and reduce Hong Kong's autonomy, eliciting strong reactions from pro-democracy legislators and international condemnation. The law, expected to pass, would allow China to bypass Hong Kong's legislative process to address what it considers subversive activities. Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam supports the bill, citing public safety and investor interests. The U.S. condemns the move, urging Beijing to reconsider, and tensions rise as China's military spending increases and its GDP growth target is omitted due to the pandemic.

Hong Kong’s leader delivers annual address by video after being drowned out by lawmakers

16 Oct 2019  |  abcnews.go.com
Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's leader, was prevented from delivering her annual policy speech in the Legislative Council by pro-democracy lawmakers, leading her to release the address via a pre-recorded video. Lawmakers disrupted the session by shouting demands and projecting protest messages, while outside, protests continued with a heavy police presence. Claudia Mo criticized Lam as a puppet of Beijing. The Civil Human Rights Front reported an attack on protest figure Jimmy Sham and called for continued protest. Lam's speech addressed the housing shortage and the protests, emphasizing the importance of social order and rejecting Hong Kong independence. The U.S. House showed support for the protesters with three bills, while Lam announced a public forum to be held on Facebook.

Hong Kong protesters flee tear gas after extradition bill debate is delayed

12 Jun 2019  |  aol.com
Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong as police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters after the government postponed a debate on a controversial extradition bill. The bill would allow extradition to mainland China, raising fears of Beijing's increasing control over the semi-autonomous region. Despite peaceful demonstrations earlier, the situation escalated with protesters and police in confrontation. Businesses closed early, and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival was canceled. Critics, including Hong Kong's last British governor Chris Patten, argue the bill threatens Hong Kong's autonomy and rule of law. The United States expressed grave concern over the bill's potential impact on human rights and the business environment.

World’s cheapest draft? Where to try bia hoi, Hanoi’s 25 cent beer

27 Nov 2018  |  cnn.com
Hanoi's Ta Hien Street, known as 'Beer Corner', is a popular spot for enjoying bia hoi, a light Vietnamese draft beer. Brett MacDouall, co-founder of Hanoi Beer Tour, shares insights into the beer culture in Vietnam, which was influenced by the French in the 1890s. Bia hoi became an affordable beer option for citizens in the late 1950s. Despite the rise of bottled beers and craft beer scenes, such as Furbrew's 'pho' beer, bia hoi remains a cultural staple, offering a refreshing experience with low alcohol content for long drinking sessions.

Trekking with the traveling sisters of India

08 Aug 2018  |  cnn.com
Prachi and Himadri Garg, known as the GhoomoPhiro sisters, turned their passion for adventure into a business organizing women-only adventures and corporate team-building events in India. They aim to showcase lesser-known sides of India and empower women to travel solo, ensuring safety by incorporating female companionship in their tours. The sisters have faced challenges such as avalanches and getting lost but remain dedicated to promoting travel as a means for personal growth and introspection.

Maharajas’ Express: Take a luxury train trip though Rajasthan, India

31 Jul 2018  |  www.cnn.com
The Maharajas’ Express, India's luxurious train, offers an eight-day 'Heritage of India' route through Rajasthan, stopping at destinations like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ranthambore National Park, and the Taj Mahal. The train provides opulent interiors, attentive service, and fine dining, with a 3:4 staff-to-guest ratio. Despite some challenges of train travel, such as getting used to the movement at night, the benefits include seeing multiple locations without repacking and forming relationships with fellow travelers and staff. The Presidential Suite is the most luxurious accommodation, and the train's executive chef, John Stone, prepares a variety of local and international dishes. The train's general manager, Hammond Kumar, acknowledges the logistical challenges of operating on India's vast railway network. The 'Heritage of India' route is popular, featuring stops in Jaipur and desert villages, while the 'Southern Jewels' route offers a different experience through southern India.

Republicans on the border: The final push for the Latino vote

07 Nov 2016  |  www.cnbc.com
In Nogales, Arizona, near the Mexican border, the Republican Party is making a final push to win over Latino voters, traditionally a Democratic stronghold. Mike Melendez, a former Democrat now running for Santa Cruz County supervisor as a Republican, supports Trump's promises of job creation. However, many local business owners and residents express concerns about Trump's rhetoric and policies, fearing negative impacts on their community and businesses. The Arizona GOP has initiated community outreach programs to connect with Latino voters, but skepticism remains high.

Scenes from Carnival's historic voyage to Cuba

07 May 2016  |  CNBC
The Adonia, a 704-passenger cruise ship from Carnival's Fathom brand, made history by sailing from Miami to Havana, becoming the first U.S. leisure ship to travel to Cuba in over 50 years. Carnival CEO Arnold Donald expressed delight at the milestone. The voyage, part of Carnival's impact travel initiative, was documented with photos showing the ship and the welcoming atmosphere in Havana upon its arrival.

Through the years on the Dead's long, strange trip

30 Jun 2015  |  www.cnbc.com
The Grateful Dead, originally known as the Warlocks, marks their 50th anniversary with three sold-out shows in Chicago. The band, influential in American music history, has not performed together since 1995, shortly before co-founder Jerry Garcia's death. The reunion will feature original members and guest musicians. The Grateful Dead has a significant presence in music charts and has set records for live performances, with an estimated 25 million people attending their concerts over the years.

Robot Butlers Roll Into Action at Starwood Hotels

13 Aug 2014  |  www.nbcnews.com
Starwood Hotels' Aloft brand is launching a pilot program featuring A.L.O., a robotic butler, at their Cupertino hotel on August 20. The Botlr, designed by Savioke, is intended to assist with small tasks to free up staff for more face-to-face customer interactions. The pilot could expand to nearly 100 properties if successful. The University of Oxford study suggests 47% of U.S. jobs could be computerized, but Starwood emphasizes that the robots will not replace staff. The American Hotel and Lodging Association praises the innovation, and Savioke sees a broad market for service robots. The robots will be leased with a service fee, and costs are expected to decrease over time.

Welcome to Wal-Mart High!

30 May 2014  |  www.cnbc.com
Scarborough High School in Houston, Texas, has partnered with Wal-Mart to offer a retail immersion class called Etail/Retail, designed by Tracy Davis, director for the Center for Retail Management at the University of Houston—Downtown. The program aims to change perceptions of retail careers, showing students the breadth of opportunities, including marketing and logistics. The class could lead to a four-year program awarding certificates in retail. Wal-Mart's involvement includes a mock store lab and field trips, and other companies like Kroger and Firestone Tire and Rubber are set to sponsor similar initiatives.

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