Record Store Day – 19 April, 2014

Record Store Day – 19 April, 2014

Now in it’s seventh year Record Store Day is a celebration of the culture of the independently owned record store… an antiquated notion perhaps to those only familiar with buying music via iTunes or downloading. Yes it’s a blatant plug to sell more records especially in recent years as the major labels flood the market with exclusive RSD editions only available on the day and in limited numbers… However despite the growing backlash and cynicism Record Store Day still serves its purpose to remind us that stores exist and there’s great music to be found there. So take a wander along to your local record store and browse and see what takes your ear. While everyday is a good day to buy music Saffron in Sheung Wan have live music, promotions and discounts while any excuse to peruse the vinyl at White Noise Records in Prince Edward is a good one.

Record Store Day: www.recordstoreday.org to see a list of the limited editions appearing across the globe.

White Noise Records: 1/F, 720 Shanghai Street, Kowloon (Prince Edward C2 EXIT, close to Metropark Hotel Mongkok) Tel: 2591 0499. Opening hours: 2-9pm
新地址:九龍上海街7201樓(太子站C2出口, 近旺角维景酒店) www.whitenoiserecords.org

Saffron Record Store: 24 Square Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong. Tel: 2806 2131

 

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European Club Rugby – future confirmed

European Club Rugby

After much acrimony, the financial pie has been split to satisfy the suits for the next 8 years – whether enough consideration has given to player health, fitness and downtime only time and the quality of rugby will tell. Here is the European Club Rugby statement in full.

European Rugby statement
For immediate release: Thursday 10 April 2014
Issued by EPCR
All nine stakeholders (listed below) are delighted to confirm that a Heads of Agreement ensuring the continuation and development of European club rugby competitions has been signed. The parties have underlined their commitment to an invigorated competition which meets the requirements of all the parties involved. It is a truly meritocratic tournament, with appropriate division of finances, underpinned by a long-term agreement and strong governance, starting in the 2014/2015 season.

Overview:
3 cross border club competitions to be called The European Rugby Champions Cup, the European Rugby Challenge Cup and a new competition called the Qualifying Competition. 

An association shall be established in Switzerland called ‘European Professional Club Rugby’ (EPCR). This body will be responsible for organising and managing the Cup Competitions.

European Rugby Champions Cup qualification:
20 clubs qualifying through the finishing positions in their leagues from the preceding season:
- top 6 from TOP 14
- top 6 from Premiership Rugby
- top 7 from PRO 12, with at least one club from each country participating in the league
- the 20th place will be taken by the winner of a play off between:

For the 1st season: The 7th highest finishing club from TOP 14 and the 7th highest finishing club from Premiership Rugby. This play off will be played in May 2014, either as one match (in which case, there will be a draw for home advantage) or as home/away. For subsequent seasons: The 7th highest finishing club from TOP 14, the 7th highest finishing club from Premiership Rugby and the 8th and 9th highest finishing clubs from PRO 12 (or the 2 highest finishing which have not already qualified automatically).

From 2015 season, if the previous season’s European Rugby Challenge Cup winner has not already qualified through its finishing position in its league, it will participate in the play off by taking a place given to its league.

The play off will take place over 2 dates.
- 1st date: 7th club of TOP 14 versus 8th or 9th from PRO 12 and the 7th club of Premiership Rugby versus 8th or 9th from PRO 12. The matches will be played at the home venues of the TOP 14 and Premiership Rugby clubs.
- 2nd date: The 2 winners from the first matches. The venue will be selected by a draw.

European Rugby Challenge Cup qualification:
- 20 clubs comprising 18 clubs from TOP 14, Premiership Rugby and PRO 12
- 2 clubs from the qualifying competition organised with FIRA-AER (Fédération Internationale de Rugby Amateur – Association Européenne de Rugby)

Format of both Competitions:
The competition will take place over 9 weekends. The Pool phase will be through 5 Pools of 4 teams which will play each other home and away (6 matches). The 5 Pool winners and the 3 best runners up will qualify for the Quarter Finals. The Quarter Finals will be played at the home venues of the 4 best Pool winners. The Quarter Final winners will play the Semi Finals and the Semi Final winners will play the Final.

Calendar of both Competitions:
The Pool phase will be played in 3 blocks of 2 weekends and will be completed by the end of January. The Final will take place latest the first weekend of May.

The Qualifying Competition will compromise between 8 and 12 teams from Tier 2 countries and Italian clubs as agreed by EPCR & FIRA-AER.

EPCR will be managed through a Board of Directors representing all parties and an Executive committee in charge of commercial matters and assisting with preparations of Board meetings. The EPCR Board shall have an Independent Chairman.

The EPCR Executive will comprise the Independent Chairman, Director-General, and three voting representatives, one from each of the leagues – namely the TOP 14, Premiership Rugby and PRO 12. The Director-General shall manage the day to day operations of EPCR.

Competitions will be under the aegis of the IRB and run according to the IRB Laws Relating to the Game and IRB Regulations. The parties have also agreed to form a working party to discuss and propose the principles of an integration of European competitions within an all-encompassing European rugby framework.

A minimum eight year agreement.

Equal distribution of funds. i.e. A third to TOP 14 teams, a third to Premiership Rugby teams and a third to PRO 12 teams, with a guaranteed minimum distribution for the clubs from the Pro12 in years 1-5.

The nine parties are: Federation Francaise de Rugby (FFR), Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR), The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), Ligue Nationale De Rugby (LNR), Premiership Rugby Ltd (PRL), Regional Rugby Wales Ltd (RRW), The Rugby Football Union (RFU), Scottish Rugby Union PLC (SRU) and The Welsh Rugby Union Ltd (WRU).

ERC Ltd. The parties take seriously their obligations to ERC and their staff and will ensure an orderly and proper transition to the new association.

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Danny ‘The Dancer’ Wang – 11pm, 19 April, 2014

Danny 'The Dancer' Wang - 11pm, 19 April, 2014

Danny ‘The Dancer’ Wang
When: 11pm 19 April 2014
Where: Premium Sofa Club, 212 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
How much: $150 (advance) more on the door, BYOB
More info: Line-Up - Daniel Wang, Otaku Soundsystem HK, Johnny Hiller, Steve Mak, Matt Best, Samo DJ

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Mei Yoo Foo @ City Hall, Concert Hall – 8pm, 9 April, 2014

Mei Yi Foo

Mei Yoo Foo
When: 8pm, 9 April, 2014
Where: City Hall, Concert Hall
How Much: $480, $280, $80 from URBTIX
More info: 
Programme:
Debussy – Estampes
Sorabji – Pastiche on the Hindu Merchant’s Song from ‘Sadko’ by Rimsky-Korsakov
Tchaikovsky/Pletnev – Concert Suite from Nutcracker
Rachmaninov - Variations on a Theme by Corelli
Glinka - (transcription by Balakirev) L’Alouette (The Lark)
Balakirev - Islamey

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Peter Hook & The Light: Unknown Pleasures + Closer @ KITEC – 31 March

Peter Hook and The Light

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Ra Restaurant
Middle Eastern cuisine, shisha, al fresco dining Shop 1, G/F, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, TST. Tel: 2721 3600

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Hong Kong 7s 2014 – Sunday, 30 March

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bc magazine’s coverage of the HK 7s 2014 is supported by Embankment.
Vietnamese cuisine, perfect after the 7s or anytime.
Embankment: 2/F, 470-484 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, t: 3568 2110
and by Sony – a7r full frame mirrorless cameras

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