Friday 30 June 2017

President Xi Jinping Less Popular Than Manchester United Stars in Hong Kong

Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers made headlines and caught the attention in Hong Kong ... turning more heads and smartphones than President Xi Jinping !!

On Hong Kong's MTR

Manchester United legends Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt travel by metro to five-a-side in Hong Kong

  • The Manchester United quintet are in Asia for a veterans five-a-side match 
  • They each received t-shirts with caricatures drawn on the front
  • Gary Neville later shared a picture from the tallest bar in the world  
It has been a long time since Paul Scholes, Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt needed public transport to arrive at a match they were playing in.
But out in Hong Kong, the quintet used the metro to head to a veterans five-a-side match.
The Manchester United legends may have called time on their professional playing careers but they still pose quite the threat as a five-a-side combination.

Phil Neville is in Hong Kong with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and brother Gary
Phil Neville is in Hong Kong with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and brother Gary

The players were given a warm welcome from the United supporters in Hong Kong
The players were given a warm welcome from the United supporters in Hong Kong

The five United legends have headed to Hong Kong for a five-a-side veterans match
The five United legends have headed to Hong Kong for a five-a-side veterans match

Phil Neville shared a picture on his Instagram account of the group heading out on their travels, captioning the image 'Road trip with these guys!!!'
And he tweeted the welcome they had, with fans lining up to catch a glimpse of their heroes donning United attire and waving flags. 
And his older brother Gary shared some pictures of t-shirts that they had been presented with, featuring caricatures of each player on the front.

He seemed a little underwhelmed with his own t-shirt, writing 'not nice' alongside the post he uploaded on Instagram.
But overall, he seemed to be very much enjoying his time in Asia. Neville later published a picture of an impressive view from what he said is the 'tallest bar in the world, apparently'.
That venue would be the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel, where the cocktail bar is on the 118th floor and 1,608 feet above sea level. 

Gary Neville shared pictures of t-shirts some of the players were given in Hong Kong
 Ryan Giggs appears confused as usual !!

Neville also visited 'the tallest bar in the world' - the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel
Neville also visited 'the tallest bar in the world' - the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong hotel

President Xi Jinping looks to Hong Kong’s future, after ‘extraordinary’ post-handover journey

Maiden official trip to the city will see the president attend celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China, as well as the swearing in of city’s next chief executive
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 11:59am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 June, 2017, 7:31pm
President Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover and set out his aim to usher the city into a new future, drawing from the experiences of the “extraordinary journey” of the past two decades.
Xi, who is making his first visit since becoming president in 2013, was last in the city in 2008, just before Beijing hosted the Olympic games.
At the airport on Thursday, he said: “I step on Hong Kong soil once again after nine years and I feel very happy as Hong Kong has always been in my heart.”
He set out three purposes for his three-day tour of the city that will see him preside over the inauguration of a new government as part of a packed programme in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the return of the city to Chinese rule.
First, he said, he hoped to convey his wishes and congratulations for Hong Kong’s 20th anniversary of handover. “I wholeheartedly wish Hong Kong will create a brighter future.”

Second, his tour of Hong Kong aimed to show the central government’s support for the city. “For 20 years the central government has always been a strong backing for Hong Kong. We will always support Hong Kong’s development and improvement of livelihood,” he said.
Third, he said his visit would be about mapping out a future for the city and ensuring “one country, two systems” would be “smooth and can be carried forward”.
“The central government will work with all sectors of Hong Kong society to look back at Hong Kong’s extraordinary journey in the past 20 years, sum up the experience and look forward to the future.”
He added: “I look forward to feeling Hong Kong’s new atmosphere and new changes.”
Xi’s arrival remarks at the airport in effect set the agenda for the visit. His speeches in the coming days can be expected to elaborate on the three themes, especially on the future direction for the city after 20 years of pursuing the experiment of “one country, two systems”.
The system was one set for Hong Kong by the late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping when China negotiated for the city’s return to the mainland from the British who had ruled it for 150 years.
Xi was greeted by Hong Kong’s outgoing leader Leung Chun-ying and wife and Cabinet ministers. In attendance also was Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the incoming leader of the city who was elected on March 26 and will be sworn in on July 1.

Apart from meeting the outgoing and incoming local governments, Xi is expected to view the latest infrastructure developments in Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and West Kowloon Cultural District, which are both still under construction.
Xi, who is also the head of China’s military, will also inspect the People’s Liberation Army’s local garrison in Shek Kong, a location away from the city centre, deep in Hong Kong’s highest mountain Tai Mo Shan.

Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan, will visit a kindergarten in Kowloon Tong, while Xi will meet a group of young people in the Junior Police Call, a group tasked with fostering links between police and youth.
Xi’s maiden tour of Hong Kong as president follows a night of protest at the Golden Bauhinia Square, the site where an iconic flag raising ceremony will be held. More than 20 protesters, including student activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung have been arrested.
Hong Kong police stepped up security to ensure the safety of Xi and his entourage.
More than a hundred journalists went through security checks before arriving on the apron at the city’s airport ahead of Xi’s arrival.
Dozens of umbrellas were confiscated by airport security guards, who said umbrellas were always banned on the apron. It started to rain lightly at 11am.
The police motorcade arrived on the apron at 10.55am.

The flag-waving team – comprising dozens of adults and primary school pupils – had arrived at about 11.30am, with the national and SAR flags on their hands. There were two huge red banners which read “warmly welcome President Xi Jinping and the lady to visit Hong Kong” and “warmly celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to the motherland”.
The waiting media asked two questions, one on political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, recently released on medical grounds, and the other on interpretation of Basic Law but Xi left without answering them.

Thursday 29 June 2017

Tuesday 27 June 2017

1948 Novel Name of the Day

Raina Wong Hiu-ming, solicitor, Hong Kong

Latin origin, and the meaning of Raina is "queen".

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Sunday 25 June 2017

1947 Novel Name of the Day

Kinsey Ho, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong (SCMP Letters 25 June 2013)

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Friday 23 June 2017

1946 Novel Name of the Day

Helvin Wong Hau-yan, solicitor, Hong Kong

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Wednesday 21 June 2017

Monday 19 June 2017

Celine Dionne or Celine Dion?

Hong Kong's "quality" English-language newspaper demonstrated below-par English reporting skills with its popular story Little Hong Kong girl with the huge voice wows ‘America’s Got Talent’ (South China Morning Post).

Celine Tam on America's Got Talent

This is no criticism of the incredible nine-year-old Celine Tam, who captivated the hearts of the US audience with her prodigious take of the Canadian diva's "My Heart Will Go On". We are told by reporter Raymond Yeung that Miss Tam was asked questions by AGT's panel of judges. Yeung writes:
She explained her parents were huge fans of Celine Dion and paid tribute by naming her and her little sister Celine and Dionne.
There are no more references of Celine's four-year-old sister in the news article, so the question remains ... how is her name spelled? Is it Dion or Dionne? Raymond Yeung, you have some explaining/clarification to do.

Four-year-old Dionne (or Dion?) with proud parents

Dion is both a boy's and a girl's name, but more regularly used for boys. It is of Greek origin and means "follower of Dionysius". For example, former English footballer Dion Dublin.

Dionne is a variant of Dion, and singer Dionne Warwick springs to mind. Are Celine's parents huge fans of Dionne Warwick too? Or are they going to claim that all their children (two, so far) will each be given one of the names: Céline Marie Claudette Dion? Sorry, Dionne!

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Little Hong Kong girl with the huge voice wows ‘America’s Got Talent’

Celine Tam’s performance of My Heart Will Go On was just the latest example of her prodigious talent

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 June, 2017, 7:18pm
UPDATED : Monday, 19 June, 2017, 10:40am
Deciding on a career may be the last thing a nine-year-old needs to worry about, but Celine Tam Tsz-kwan’s path to success already seems laid out.

After making a name on mainland China and in Hong Kong with her powerful singing voice, Tsz-kwan showed there were no boundaries to her ambitions by stunning the audience and judges in the latest edition of America’s Got Talent.

A preview of her performing Canadian diva Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On has attracted 2.5 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, while the same Facebook clip drew 14 million views globally.

Her parents watched from backstage as Tsz-kwan told judges how she had realised her dream by appearing on the reality TV show.

Asked by Mel B how she discovered her talent, she answered: “When I was in the car, my dad’s driving and then suddenly I just sang My Heart Will Go On. And then he was like ‘wow’.”

She explained her parents were huge fans of Celine Dion and paid tribute by naming her and her little sister Celine and Dionne.

After the introduction, Tsz-kwan impressed the audience with her powerful rendition of Dion’s classic hit, drawing a standing ovation as she hit the highest notes.

Despite her performance winning overwhelming approval, viewers will have to wait to find out if she has progressed to the next round.

Tsz-kwan rose to fame in 2014 after entering Hunan Broadcasting System’s show Let’s Sing Kids, where she performed Secret Garden’s You Raise Me Up.

One year later she was invited by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to perform at the National Day reception, attended by the city’s elite.

Though there was no question about her talent, she might not have achieved the accomplishments without her father, Steve, a vocal coach who started training her at three. She began winning trophies from the age of age four, including numerous championships on the mainland.
But success on such a scale requires dedication – something Tsz-kwan has in abundance. Ahead of the National Day she put in 30 hours of rehearsal – 10 hours for each song she performed.
Such are her prospects that she signed a contract with entertainment label GME China in 2015.

1944 Novel Name of the Day

Xenia Au, Sha Tin, Hong Kong (SCMP Letters 18 June 2013)

Greek origin, and the meaning of Xenia is "guest, stranger".

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Saturday 17 June 2017

1943 Novel Name of the Day

Maximilian Chong, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong (SCMP Letters 16 June 2013)

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Thursday 15 June 2017

1942 Novel Name of the Day

Evelyn Lam Man-sai, Chief Superintendent, Hong Kong Police Force

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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Sunday 11 June 2017

1940 Novel Name of the Day

Titus Wong Koon-ho, former Wan Chai divisional commander, Hong Kong Police Force.

In June 2013, the HK$90,000-a-month 51-year-old veteran was jailed for a year for receiving discounts and whisky worth HK$5,500 from a Causeway Bay restaurant in exchange for turning a blind eye to it serving alcohol without a licence.

Titus Wong Koon-ho. Pic Sam Tsang

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Friday 9 June 2017

1939 Novel Name of the Day

Lychee Lai, course coordinator, ATP Swimming Centre, Hong Kong

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Wednesday 7 June 2017

1938 Novel Name of the Day

Raphael Leung Lok-hin, Yuen Long, Hong Kong (SCMP Letters 7 June 2013)

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Monday 5 June 2017

1937 Novel Name of the Day

Chitty Cheung, director, corporate affairs, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong

Perhaps influenced by 1968 children's movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ?

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Saturday 3 June 2017

1936 Novel Name of the Day

Charlize Liu, public affairs manager, New World First Bus Services Limited

Perhaps inspired by South African actor Charlize Theron

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Friday 2 June 2017

Audi Executives Fail Spectacularly with A5

When the Audi A5 was created, designer Walter de Silva described it as "the most beautiful car I have ever designed".

Audi A5

Be that as it may, the song “Pure Imagination” used in the Audi A5 car advert is the same creepy, terrifying and sinister tune that was in the 1971 children’s movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

The dark, sinister undertone of the movie, where children are killed off by the maniacal and sociopathic Willy Wonka, is reflected by the haunting song Pure Imagination.

Wacko Willy Wonka played by Gene Wilder

Why Audi executives—who are similarly aged with their prime demographic of middle-aged customers to remember actor Gene Wilder—would choose such a deranged song that most probably triggers unpleasant childhood memories in that generation is beyond comprehension. 

Audi has failed spectacularly by simply thinking that the name of the song Pure Imagination is all that is needed to inspire their customers. Songs, like names, have historical and social meanings ... and this song in particular haunts some people and gives many the chills (or willies)!

The company could, and should, have used a more upbeat, positive, awe-inspiring song to reflect the new creative design of the Audi A5. Opportunity missed!


Thursday 1 June 2017

1935 Novel Name of the Day

Uriah Tse Chak-tong, solicitor, Hong Kong

Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Uriah is "my light is Jehovah"

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