Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

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

Archive for March, 2008

Earth Hour blackout highlights global warming

Posted by Kimberly on March 30, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
March 30, 2008 (309 words)

Australia’s largest city was shrouded in darkness on Saturday night as it launched a worldwide
campaign stretching from Sydney to San Francisco to highlight global warming, even encompassing Macau to some extent.
Sydney was the first major metropolis to mark Saturday’s ‘Earth Hour’, a self-imposed 60-minute black-out, with the lights on landmark buildings, corporate skyscrapers, businesses and homes switched off from 8:00 pm (1700 Macau time).
From there the initiative, which aimed to engage the community in combating global warming, saw lights dimmed or turned off at 8:00 pm local time in Asian cities such as Bangkok and Manila, before spreading further to Europe and the Americas. Tel Aviv marked the event on March 27 for religious reasons.
‘Earth Hour’ founder Andy Ridley, who has said up to 30 million people could participate this year, said he was amazed at how far the initiative had spread since it was launched by environmental group WWF in Sydney a year ago.
“When we first talked about it, right at the beginning, our dream was to come up with something that made sense to a lot of people to do,” he said.
“And what seems to have happened is that it does seem to make sense to a lot of people to do it.”
‘Earth Hour’ encourages governments, companies and homeowners to voluntarily switch off power to non-essential appliances for one hour to illustrate how, by working together, people can make a difference by using less energy, thereby producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
About 2.2 million people are estimated to have participated in the 2007 Sydney event which left the city’s iconic harbourside Opera House and nearby Harbour Bridge bathed in moonlight as restaurant diners ate by candlelight and company logos on office buildings were dimmed.

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Why planning your financial future is as easy as pie

Posted by Kimberly on March 24, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
March 24, 2008, page 5 (760 words)

If you believe wealth strategist Todd Pallett, getting from thousand-aire to millionaire is as easy as pie: property, interest and equities. Listening to the Financial Partners International adviser speak makes for several enlightening moments, not least of which is the one where you realise just how much money you could have to invest, if you were savvy enough.
Take this example he offers for those expats living in Asia at present.
“For expats, every one year in Asia, in terms of what they can save, is like three years back in Australia,” he says.
He points out that “they’ve got no tax in Macau, 16 percent tax in Hong Kong, high salaries, no capital gains tax and even though the cost of living’s a lot higher there’s a big difference with what they can save.”
Now here comes the light bulb moment.
“And when they’re buying property back home, they’re buying it with three people; with themselves, with a tenant and with the tax man helping out.
“But if they’re back in Australia, they’re living in their property, high tax rate, no tenant and they have the pay the whole thing themselves,” he adds.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out which is the better option because, with the latter scenario, the average Australian can get to the age of 55 and have only just paid off their home, perhaps owning one half of an apartment. Read the rest of this entry »

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When Irish bands are playing

Posted by Kimberly on March 13, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
March 13, 2008 (883 words)

Three-man Irish band Bahouki may not be well known in Macau but come St Patrick’s Day, March 15 with the celebrations planned at Starworld and it’s likely the whole neighbourhood will be entirely familiar with their music by night’s end.

Consisting of David May (fiddle), Oliver Quinn (boron, mandolin, flute, bazookie) and John Hutton (singer and plays guitar, harmonica), Bahouki have been around for more than a decade in Hong Kong but have never played at any of that SAR’s Irish bars. Both David and Oliver come from Ireland originally, although John hails from Scotland.

The trio sat down to an hour (or three) of beer and questions about their music, beginnings and goals.

Oliver: Our base is in Celtic music and from there we find something to do that’s punchy and we do swing, music form the 1920s and 1930s. We do a lot of songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s. Read the rest of this entry »

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The only way is up for Kirby and Co.

Posted by Kimberly on March 13, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
March 13, 2008 (475 words)

Dr Robert Kirby’s new initiative Upward Bound Unlimited (UBU) was officially launched yesterday afternoon during an introductory session at the head office in Nape.
With partner, New Zealander Ron Stier on board, the group is setting out to entice Macau residents to venture outdoors.
“We are targeting three markets,” said Dr Kirby, which were the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) market, local companies, both small and medium sized and the “future leaders” as he called them.
Of the first group, he explained, “in 2007, just 1 percent of those 27 million visitors entering Macau came for MICE events and that is a huge potential,” who tend to request full or half day sessions of team building.
Of the second group, Dr Kirby said he wanted to help them with “RRD: Recruitment, retention and development.”
finally, those “future leaders,” refers to juniors, who he wanted to nurture as part of their outdoor challenge program. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cuisine from the pearl of the Indian Ocean

Posted by Kimberly on March 11, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
March 11 2008 (710 words)

The Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) yesterday began their week of promoting Sri Lankan food, which will continue until Friday.
IFT have brought over two chefs from Sri Lanka, Dhanuska Kumara and Romuald Machado, from the Sri Lankan Institute of Tourism Management, to not only entice locals to visit during this week and sample their country’s cuisine, but also to show IFT’s own student chefs their secrets.
“We will be showing specific techniques on how to retain the aromas and flavours,” said chef Machado.
The selection consist of about 25 dishes which will be varied across the days of the promotion and include such regional favourites as fish fricadell, pork black curry and fish ambulthiyal. The half a dozen desserts include weli thalopa and bibikkan.
Asked what made Sri Lankan food different to that of its neighbour India, head chef Chandrisari Tennakoon stressed that his country’s cuisine was closest to that of the south of India, Kerala in using coconut oil with which to cook. As well, while Sri Lankan food focuses on chilli powder, spices and rice, he felt that Indian food was more geared towards breads such as chapatti and paratha, and “other preparatory ingredients.”
He added that they strongly believed in coconut oil and its ability to reduce cholesterol and the flavours it gives off. Read the rest of this entry »

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