Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

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

Archive for February, 2008

19th Arts Festival sets the scene for innovation and tradition

Posted by Kimberly on February 29, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
February 29, 2008 (1,334 words)

The 19th Macau Arts Festival is just around the corner, with this year’s festival set to top the previous years, and not just in terms of the budget, which has been announced as being 9.5 million patacas.
At a press conference yesterday to advise of this year’s program, Heidi Ho, President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau (ICM) spoke of the 17 programs, suggesting the festival was “a way to bring different visitors from other countries to Macau.
“It is a platform for cultural exchange,” she added.
This year’s festival seeks to promote the local talents that Macau has to offer, as much as bringing in the overseas talent it is well known for.
As such, two groups, the Little Mountain Arts Association and the Macao Conservatory Dance School, will showcase their performances for the first time.
Ms Ho also spoke of the reasons behind the move of the festival to May, which began last year, from its previous March agenda.
She cited the celebrations of Chinese New Year as the main reason why, suggesting that moving the festival to the later month allowed greater interaction from residents and tourists without taking anything away from the tradition that is Chinese New year. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Construction Bank opens newest Taipa branch

Posted by Kimberly on February 28, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
February 28, 2008 (289 words)

A new branch of the China Construction Bank (CCB Macau) was officially opened at Taipa Flower City yesterday amid frenzied lion dancing and ear-popping blasts of fireworks.
The grand opening ceremony received support from the Chairman of Macau Monetary and Foreign Exchange Authority, Anselmo L.S. Teng and Liaison Officer of the Central’s People’s Government in Macau, Economic affairs department Deputy Director, Li Chunman, who officiated at the ribbon-cutting as well as the eye-dotting ceremony.
Also at the opening were several management members from China Construction Bank (CCB Asia).
In his address to guests, CCB Macau Chairman and CCB Asia President and CEO, Charles Mar said, “in recent years, Macau continues its speedy development in infrastructure, tourism, the entertainment industry and more.
“As a result of rapid economic growth, demands for quality banking products and services by Macau citizens and small-and-medium enterprises have been elevating.”
He added that “benefiting from the Cotai Strip development, the geographic location of Taipa has become increasingly important.
“The Flower City is one of the core residential districts in taipa. This location is selected for our fourth branch in Macau to offer quality and convenient banking and wealth management services to residents in the neighbourhood,” he said.
The bank has expressed plans to open two to three additional branches this year, aiming at extending the branch network to a total of six or seven branches eventually.
CCB (Macau) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CCB (Asia) since 2006, with the bank offering a wide range of commercial and retail banking products and services. CCB (Asia) has 24 branches across Hong Kong and Macau.
CCB (Macau) was formerly known as Bank of America (Asia) until it was renamed on December 30, 2006 to its current name.

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Helping Macau’s future leaders

Posted by Kimberly on February 27, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
February 27, 2008 (572 words)

The expansion of Macau’s economy was being held up by the few who opposed the intake of foreign labour, suggested Dr Robert Kirby, in response to a question raised by a member of his seminar’s audience yesterday.
“I think it’s a shame a small minority are preventing the growth of the economy,” he said, adding that “the government is slowly pulling off the hand brake but it will take some time.”
Dr Kirby was part of a panel of experts providing information at a seminar that focussed on the topic of “bringing out the best in people – managing human capital.”
Hosted by the Institute For Tourism Studies (IFT) and in collaboration with Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management, the seminars were held at the Venetian Macao, with the seminar preceding that of Dr. Kirby’s, titled “insights regarding the Macau consumer,” and given by Dr. Dioko, a Professor and Director of Research at the IFT.
Dr Kirby’s seminar focussed on six strategies to help bring out the best in people in the workplace and the importance for an organisation t have a clear vision or mission.
Some of the strategies covered topics ranging from recruitment, retention, development and learning from others. Read the rest of this entry »

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The ‘barefoot diva’ returns to Macau

Posted by Kimberly on February 22, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
February 22, 2008 (572 words)

Cape Verde export Cesaria Evora is as intriguing in person as she appears to be to the countless dedicated fans of her songs.
Every question posed gains a succinct response which only tells you what you asked and nothing more. It’s that mystery that adds to the character of a woman that admits there are still some secrets she refuses to divulge.
In Macau for the second time to perform at the Cultural Centre tomorrow night, Cesaria has been nick-named ‘the barefoot diva’ for her propensity to perform on stage sans shoes.
Yet, despite what media have reported about her reasons for doing so, they are as simple as the fact that it is the state in which she feels the most comfortable, nothing more.
Her diminutive stature belies the strength that lies within, coming out in a voice that has been likened to such singing greats as Billie Holiday and Bessy Smith.
Her music could almost have its own category, a Creole style that mixes Portuguese fado with Brazilian modinha. Read the rest of this entry »

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Laying the foundations of Macau’s culture

Posted by Kimberly on February 1, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
February 1, 2008 (2,675 words)

Having travelled to Macau on well over a hundred occasions during his lifetime, the Orient Foundation’s president, Mr Carlos Monjardino comes across as a man to hold in awe. As well as the former, Mr Monjardino runs two other foundations (the Stanley Ho Foundation and the Monjardino Foundation) also having a hand in half a dozen more. His accomplishments range from helping renovate what still is, the reference hotel in Dili, the Hotel Timor, to his current museum project in Lisbon that focuses on the relationship between Portugal and Asia. Called the ‘Museum of the Orient’, due to open in May, its central focus will be the amazing Kwok On porcelain collection, donated by French sinologist Jacques Pimpaneau. The museum also aims to “support research into the history of art, anthropology and the history of religions.”
A father to a dozen children, eight of whom are adopted and half of whom he admits still lives with him, Mr Monjardino doesn’t come across as the sort of man to do anything by halves. Take the Orient Foundation’s presence in Macau, for example. Having been established some 20 years prior, the Foundation may have its head in Lisbon, but through the years, it has aimed to reinforce that link between Portugal and Macau by introducing artists, singers and writers, publishing books by such well-known authors as Henrique senna Fernandes and hosting dozens of art exhibitions every year. Read the rest of this entry »

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