Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

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

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Macau’s grand master returns home to set up shop

Posted by Kimberly on October 8, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 08, 2008 (1,015 words)

The thing you wonder when you meet Carter Wong for the first time is that he couldn’t possibly be the 61 years he claims.
This, he attributes to several things, not least of which is his training in Wudang Chi-kung, a teaching similar to that of Tai Chi, which is said to prolong life expectancy, strengthen the immune system and improve vitality and youth.
The Macau-born and raised grand master is perhaps best known in the general public for having starred alongside Kurt Russell in ‘Big Trouble in Little China’. Carter played the character of Thunder, a henchman working for the sorcerer Lo Pan.
Having acted in well over 100  films during the course of his career, Carter even worked with Golden Harvest, a dominant film production company that had helped produce Bruce Lee’s ‘Enter the Dragon’. Not to mention providing fight choreography lessons to the likes of Matt Damon as well as William Shatner during Star Trek.
Fast forward 20-odd years and and Wong’s resume could impress even the most cynical of martial arts followers: World Muay-Thai champion, 7th Dan black belt Go-Ju-Ryu Karate-Do Seitokukai, 8th Dan International Martial Arts Federation, Kung-Fu Master.
Carter was, in fact, the first person to teach karate in Macau, back in 1968. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wynn profits more than triple for second quarter

Posted by Kimberly on August 1, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
August 01, 2008 (388 words)

Macau’s status as the world’s gambling city was firmly entrenched with Wynn Resorts showing their second-quarter earnings in 2008, had more than tripled compared to the same period last year. This was mainly due to a tax windfall and strong growth in revenue from its Macau property, despite a dip in sales from their hometown.
Earnings for the quarter ending June 30 jumped to $272 million, or $2.42 per share from $89.6 million, or 82 cents per share during the same period last year.
According to Wynn’s statement, this was a result of higher earnings from Wynn Macau and a $140.7 million deferred tax benefit recorded during the quarter.
Adjusted net income in the second quarter was $124.3 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, compared with an adjusted net income of $100.8 million, or $0.92 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2007.
With regard to the company’s tax benefits, the statement issued showed that during the quarter, Wynn Resorts completed a study of the taxes, levies and obligations assessed on its Macau operations under Macau law and its Macau Gaming Concession, which resulted in the $140.7 million deferred tax benefit.
There was a 20 percent increase in revenue for the second quarter, to $825.2 million, compared with $687.5 million in the same period of 2007, driven primarily by a 50.3 percent increase in revenues from Wynn Macau. Meanwhile, Wynn’s Las Vegas revenue dropped 24 percent.
Wynn Macau generated revenues of $529.9 million in the second quarter of 2008 compared with $325.5 million during that period last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cotaijet introduces overnight sailings to Hong Kong

Posted by Kimberly on August 1, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
August 01, 2008 (289 words)

Cotai Waterjets (Macau) Limited yesterday announced an increase in their sailings to Hong Kong beginning today, with the company now offering overnight trips between the two SARs.
CotaiJet will add an additional six sails to it current 56 sailings between the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong and the Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal in Macau.
Three of the sailings (12:00 am, 1:00 am, 2:00 am) will depart from Hong Kong to Taipa, while another three (1:00 am, 3:00 am, 5:00 am) will leave from Taipa to Hong Kong.
Stephen Weaver, Las Vegas Sands’ President for the Asian Region, believed that the expanded overnight CotaiJet ferry service will provide greater flexibility to visitors who come
to Macao for live entertainment, business and shopping at Macao’s new mega shopping centres
on Cotai Strip,” including the latest instalment, The Shoppes at Four Seasons.
A Venetian representative within corporate communications added that the numbers of sailings could be increased in the future, saying “we shall closely monitor demand and shall make adjustments accordingly.”
Asked whether the additional sailings could have an impact on those currently offered by First Ferry and Turbojet, they said they were “not in the position to comment on others’ behalf.”
Meanwhile, the fairs for the new sailings will be the same price as for the current night sailings and are scheduled at all times, not just when special events occur at the Venetian.
Finally, in response to whether Cotaijet would be increasing their ferries, the representative stated that “CotaiJet has enough vessels to service the new sailings. Our fact sheet also indicates the plan to put three more vessels into service later this year.”
Ferry schedules and fare information can be found on CotaiJet’s web site, http://www.cotaijet.com.mo.

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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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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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