Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

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

Archive for December, 2007

“Increased transparency of governance”: CE

Posted by Kimberly on December 21, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
December 21, 2007 (602 words)

With the threat of protest set to take place that afternoon, Macau’s Chief Executive, Mr Edmund Ho Hau Wah took to the stage at the Macau Tower yesterday morning to promise greater communication with the pubic and “raise the level of transparency in our public administration.”

His reasoning was that “if the public is kept fully informed, it will then be able to monitor and support the government’s public administration more effectively.”

Yet nothing was directly said during his speech to celebrate the eight anniversary of the establishment of the Macau SAR, about democratic reform although casino mogul, Dr Stanley Ho, dismissed calls for greater democracy.

“Macau is democratic and free enough…it’s prosperous enough. Why do people need to do this [protest]?” Stanley Ho said to reporters.

He added that “I think the Chief Executive already has its plan [on democracy], we don’t need to fight for it. Read the rest of this entry »


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Macau raises efforts to be included in Kyoto Protocol

Posted by Kimberly on December 17, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
December 17, 2007 (424 words)

The secretary for Transport and Public Works, Mr Lau Si Io, attended a carnival organised by several government departments to mark Macau’s effort to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, highlighting the effects the city’s pollution was having on the environment.

According to the director of the Macau meteorological and geo-physical bureau, Mr Fong Soi-kun, the Macau government is intending to apply to the Central Government to submit documents to the United Nations to allow Macau to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, once approval had been obtained from the central government.

The process of application is expected to take at least four months and should be completed by April, 2008.

Mr Fong spoke to the media explaining that the Macau government had devised a plan and it already had a list of the cause of the most polluted gas emissions causing climate changes in Macau. “Macau will come up with policies to limit the emissions of pollutant gases,” he said, adding that they had obtained a study that showed Macau was suffering climate changes and as such, cause our warmer winters.

“Between 2008 and 2012, Macau wants to reduce gas emissions and pollutants by between 5 and 10 percent in order to save energy and reduce pollution,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepalese community seek to educate through dance

Posted by Kimberly on December 11, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
November 11, 2007 (225 words)

Members of the Nepalese community in Macau have organised a show at the Macau Cultural Centre tonight to highlight their country’s talents and cultures, including a Gurung movie based on the traditional Gurung culture.

The event will be attended by the consul-general of Nepal (Hong Kong) Mr Keshab P Bhattarai who will be the chief guest with about 20 other guests also invited to attend.

Refreshments will be provided at the restaurant situated on the ground floor of the cultural centre at 6pm.

This is the first show of its kind In Macau for the Nepalese community, providing a means of education.

The Gurungs are one of the many ethnic groups living in Nepal, with the group of oriental origin who ere agriculturalist that migrated to the lower reaches of the country.

They fall into two major religious groups, whereby the highlanders are Buddhists and the lowlanders predominantly Hindu. Gurungs make up 2.43 percent of Nepal’s total population, or roughly 450,000 people.

The Nepalese community in Macau has been expanding largely due to the security that the Venetian has hired although there are also some members involved within the construction  industry.



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