Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

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

Archive for April, 2008

Canon launches into Macau market with local showroom

Posted by Kimberly on April 21, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
April 21, 2008 (665 words)

Canon may have only recently set up office in Macau but they’ve already made inroads into the printing business, having provided a local supplier with printing facilities for those hotels that have the joined the Newspapers Direct scheme.
Those unfamiliar with the scheme, of which the Venetian and Sands hotels are said to belong to, it allows hotel guests to read their favourite newspapers at the same time as they are published in their own part of the world.
“For example, you can have the newspaper at the same time as they come out in Australia. Which can then be printed with local suppliers, one of our customers using a Canon colour printer,” said Raymond Fung, Vice President of Canon’s Business Imaging Solution Group.
Newspaper Direct currently supplies something like 650 newspapers from 77 different countries and in 37 languages, according to their website.
“It comes out as something like an A3 sized newspaper.
“Of course there would be some sort of customisation because of the layout,” said Mr Fung, who added that a team in Hong Kong edits the titles to ensure readability.
“This is a way that we can provide an alternative for the traditional business,” he said, suggesting that Canon had just shipped the printers “and I understand they [Venetian and Sands] are now printing.”
It’s just one of the areas in which Canon is seeking a foothold locally, and hoping to take some business away from their nearest competitors, Fuji-Xerox. Read the rest of this entry »


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Projecting a sense of fun onto the Lion’s Bar scene

Posted by Kimberly on April 18, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
April 18, 2008 (543 words)

Lately, it’s been a little difficult to ignore the reputation that MGM’s Lion’s Bar has managed to amass in what appears to be a very short period of time, all good of course. And while that had plenty to do with their first act “HB Wild,” the latest addition to Macau’s happening night-life, in the form of The Freddie James Project, has taken it to another level.
Also hailing from Canada, specifically, Montreal, the six-member group consists of Freddie himself (vocals), Alan Springer, lead guitar; Anthony Cooperwood, keyboards; Ben Vezina, drum; James Challenger, bass and Katie McNally, vocals/backing vocals, who will perform at the Lion’s Bar until May 12.
Asked about the reason behind the name, Freddie responds by suggesting it’s a project “and we’re never satisfied.
“We’re always in the works, new clothes, new steps, new songs and always in motion.
“I don’t think we’ll ever stop and say we’re done otherwise the band is finished,” he adds.
Those that have yet to get themselves over to Lion’s Bar have been missing out on the energy and rhythm the group exudes, with music ranging from  Motown, R&B, Hip Hop and Soul and pretty much anything goes.
That means George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bob Marley or even AC/DC, with Freddie adding “we don’t stay in one style. Read the rest of this entry »

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Meteorological Bureau issues earliest ever typhoon warning

Posted by Kimberly on April 18, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
April 18, 2008 (318 words)

The Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) yesterday issued a tropical cyclone warning for typhoon ‘Neoguri’, the earliest period at which such warnings have ever been issued.
With the signal No. 1 being hoisted at 6:am yesterday morning, the warning forecasted strong rain and winds ad was heading toward Sanya City, in southern Hainan.
The signal at No. 1 showed that the centre of the tropical cyclone was less than 800 kilometres by 5:00 pm last evening from Macau and could later affect the peninsula.
It was packing winds of up to 126 kilometres per hour.
The Bureau said the centre of the typhoon would move north-westward at a speed of 15 km per hour and may hit the southern coast of Hainan this afternoon or tomorrow morning, or skim over the offshore areas.
The Bureau urged ships and boats to return to shore and local residents to take precautions against the typhoon.
Neoguri, the first tropical storm to hit this year, was formed in the South China Sea on Tuesday. It strengthened into a typhoon on Wednesday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

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