Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

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

Archive for November, 2007

Adding a Macanese flavour to classic rock

Posted by Kimberly on November 29, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 29, 2007 (320 words)

Macanese Fred Ritchie is in town with the Macanese contingent, to get the local community onto their feet and shaking their bodies to music from the 1960s.

His band, for the Macau gig, including two of his sons, will play several familiar tunes and music from bands such as the Rolling Stones, tonight and again, on December 2.

“I’m from Macau but moved to live in Brazil around the age of 20,” he said, adding that his move was followed by stints on television soaps ‘Fantastico’ and Faustao’ among others, which was watched by over 100 million Brazilians.

“The last show was called Super Pop,” he said, with “in Brazil, country music is very popular and I changed all Portuguese music into English and Chinese.”

He cited this as a “unique difference.”

With four children, two are musicians, who also have their own group, playing different music and composing their own songs. Read the rest of this entry »

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VCA students dance to their own tune

Posted by Kimberly on November 24, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 24, 2007 (977 words)

A troupe of 22 dance students from Melbourne, Australia’s School of Dance of Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) descended on Macau to participate in the Fringe Festival, which began on November 10.

Speaking to four of the dancers was an experience that highlighted what being dance students involved as well as their thoughts on what had been their very first international trip.

“Communication is a little difficult most of the time because we need translation,” said 28-year-old Paula Lay on language difficulties in Macau.

Then 19-year-old Efrem O’Brien added, “the traffic here is scary!”

Another problem the dancers experienced was the rehearsal space and stage they were provided, with 19-year-old Jacqueline Young suggesting they could have done with a bigger space as “dancing on the stage was not as stable as we thought.”

Teacher and guest choreographer Neil Adams added, “it was quite a challenge for the students to do complicated movements.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Macau charity golf event ready for tee-off

Posted by Kimberly on November 23, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 23, 2007 (542 words)

The 1st Annual Macau Business Charity Golf Tournament may be a few days away from tee-off but Paulo Azevedo, co-managing director of Macau Business SK Events (MBSK), the event’s brainchild, already had his gold clubs out, theoretically speaking.

His enthusiasm for the charity even, to be held On November 28, followed by a Gala dinner the following day, was evident at the press conference held yesterday at the Westin Resort, Macau.

To be played on the Macau Golf and Country Club’s 18 holes course, the charity event will see 45 players within 15 teams compete for a prize they don’t even get to keep.

What they will have is the right to name a charity or social project of their choice to which the tournament’s proceeds will be forwarded, should they win. Total prize money stands at MOP$200,000.

Companies that have bought a team include BNU, Wynn and Aristocrat. While each company had to choose a charity of their choice at the time of registration, Mr Azevedo did not specify which local charities would benefit by which company.

The charitable golf outing is the brainchild of Macau Business SK Events (MBSK) which is promoting the 1st Annual Macau Business Charity Golf Tournament & Gala Dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s the season of discontent for Stanley Ho and Pac On

Posted by Kimberly on November 22, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 22, 2007 (558 words)

The announcement to the media of Dr Ho’s press conference yesterday evening came just hours before the event at the Grand Lisboa, where the Macau casino magnate pointed out the apparent inconsistencies of the license awarded to Cotai WaterJet and Grand Dragon to operate Pac On Ferry Terminal, ferrying passengers between Taipa and Hong Kong.

Quoting his interpretation of Macau’s Gaming Law No. 16/2001 (Legal Framework for the Operations of Casino Games of Fortune), he stated that “the scope of activities permitted to gaming concessionaires shall be exclusively the operation of the games of fortune and chance and other casino games.”

As a result, he added, “since shipping is not within the scope of gaming business, the grant of a ferry operation license to a gaming concessionaire is in conflict with the law and the rationale behind such a law.”

He felt that without a legally binding and “transparent tender procedure”, the granting of the license lacked “fairness, justice and openness.”

Yet, if one were to read the Law in its entirety, it makes it difficult to be entirely confident of Dr Ho’s statement of exclusivity.

According to Article 3(6) of the Law, operations offered to the public were excluded from casino concessions but with an exception. Read the rest of this entry »

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South African Consul-General announces exit date

Posted by Kimberly on November 21, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 21, 2007 (682 words)

Mr Mario George Masher, Consul-General of the South African Consulate-General, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR, announced his date of exit from the Consul-General post yesterday, during a press conference to promote South African food and wine at Afrikana BBQ restaurant at the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf.

Mr Masher will be ending his term of office on December 15, having occupied the post for the past four years.

“I would love to stay but it’s out of my hands,” said Mr Masher.

Asked what he felt had been his greatest achievements during his term as Consul-General, Mr Masher responded, “promoting South Africa in its entirety. I was mandated to do that and we’ve excelled and went beyond.”

As for any regrets, he noted that the only one was that of leaving, adding “I’ve made so many friends, I’ve been consulted on so many issues, not only regarding South Africa, but regarding Macau and so forth.

“The positive side is getting to know people, what they’re all about and where we can work together, promoting South Africa,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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