Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Archive for July, 2007

Diamond Ball basketball could come to Macau

Posted by Kimberly on July 31, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
July 31, 2007, page 4 (987 words)

Macau is in the running to host the next Diamond Ball basketball tournament as a lead up to the Beijing Olympic Games, according to Mr Bob Elphinston, President of the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA).
Speaking at a press conference for the Stankovic Cup yesterday, Mr Elphinston believes Macau will become a very important host for basketball, pointing at the upcoming game between the NBA and China in October.
“I have no doubt [of Macau’s ability to host] and I’d be very interested to look at the games in the next three nights here,” he said.
“To look at how well the match is presented, how well they are attended by the Macau people, because this is an excellent city for the hosting of international basketball.
“We hope that in the future Macau might well want to be the stage for FIBA World Junior events or a FIBA World Cup or other special matches that we have, for example, the Diamond ball which is a major tournament on the eve of the Olympic Games.
“It’s quite possible Macau could host that,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »


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Global cash set to lure more big-time casinos

Posted by Kimberly on July 30, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
July 30, 2007, page 2 (1,138 words)

Images supplied by GCA 

The ink may have barely dried on the contract between Global Cash Access (GCA Macau) and the Venetian Macao to provide the casino with state-of-the-art cash access services, but GCA has no intention of resting on its laurels.
Without giving away too much, Mr Scott Dowty, senior Vice President of international business at GCA hinted to The Macau Daily Times that MGM Grand Macau, along with Galaxy’s other casinos, may also come on-board.
“What I will say is this. Starworld is part of Galaxy group and part of the Galaxy group is CityClubs.
“We’re working feverishly to manage this relationship,” he said adding that Galaxy had been their first relationship in Macau and the first operator to sign on with the Las Vegas company, without any prior knowledge of their operations.
“We want to support this relationship as best we can.
“Part of the Galaxy offering in Macau is not just Starworld, it’s CityClubs so this is one account we’re working diligently with, in order to provide our services,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weekend of July 28th-29th

Posted by Kimberly on July 28, 2007

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Bringing the magic of music to Macau

Posted by Kimberly on July 28, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
July 28, 2007, page 13 (1,247 words)

Pics supplied by Raul Saldana

For Raul Saldana, music is magic. And it is this magic that he hopes, with the help of his Macanese wife, Heidi Che, to portray to the children of Macau.
As one half of The Kumara Singers, Raul’s journey with the local children may have been only a short six-week one at the Macau Cultural Centre, but he hopes the lessons they learn along the way will guide them far beyond this brief time.
“It’s musical teaching, so we are teaching them songs from around the world, music that I’ve been learning all these years and traditional songs from the places we’ve been,” he says.
“But we are also trying to develop more areas in the children. So we don’t just teach them music, we teach them what is in the culture.
“We have projections in the classes so we show what the people that sing these songs, eat, how they dress, what kinds of houses do they have,” he says.
And it’s more than music that is practised. The children even have the chance to experiment with yoga and meditation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Students and academics show how to improve heritage sites

Posted by Kimberly on July 27, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
July 27 2007, page 2 (573 words)


Students from the Institute of Tourism Studies (IFT) and visiting academics, participated in a series of presentations designed to provide solutions for existing heritage areas.
With the 10-day workshop having been completed yesterday, the project teams used Lilau and Camoes Squares as a means of reference, to provide alternative options as to how the Macau government could possibly improve these heritage sites for greater local and tourist access.
A total of 32 experts and students majoring in Architecture, Urban Design, Design and Tourism from Mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau formed six project teams.
Keynote speeches were delivered on themes such as ‘integrated conservation in the urban context’, ‘heritage and tourism in Macau’, ‘history and development of Macau’s historical corridor’, and ‘sustainable development and scenarios of Macau’ among others. Read the rest of this entry »

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