Hong Kong Squad to Face China

Hong Kong face China in their World Cup qualifying campaign 3 September at the Bao’ab Stadium in Shenzhen, kick-off 7:35pm.

The 23 man squad selected by the HK Football Association is:

Goalkeepers
1. Yapp Hung Fai (Eastern), 18. Tsang Man Fai (South China), 19. Wang Zhenpeng (Kitchee)

Defenders
2. Lee Chi Ho (Biu Chun Rangers), 3. Baise Festus (Eastern), 5. Kilama Jean Jacques (Eastern), 20. Cheng King Ho (Eastern), 13. Cheung Kin Fung (South China), 14. Sealy Jonathan Jack (South China), 15. Chan Wai Ho (South China),
21. Kwok Kin Pong (Pegasus)

Midfielders
4. Bai He(Shijiazhuang Yongchang), 6. Huang Yang (Kithcee), 10. Lam Ka Wai (Kithcee), 12. Lo Kwan Yee (Kithcee), 16. Leung Chun Pong (South China), 17. Tan Chun Lok (Pegasus), 23. Ju Yingzhi (Eastern)

Forwards
7. Chan Siu Ki (South China), 8. Xu Deshuai (Eastern), 9. Annan Christian Kwesi (Kitchee), 11. Karikari Godfred (Beijing Beikong), 22. McKee Jaimes Anthony (Pegasus)

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The Waste Land

The Waste Land

T.S. Eliot’s seminal poem, The Waste Land, comes to life in this new, dramatic adaptation.

Internationally renowned cellist David Pereira teams up with actor and Chinese University of Hong Kong professor Julian Lamb to bring you a fusion of music and spoken word which will appeal to aficionados of The Waste Land as well as those who have never encountered it.

T.S. Eliot’s haunting vision of a spiritually barren post-war Europe is brought to life in a performance which draws out the poem’s vast array of characters as well as its rich lyrical language. Dramatic presentations of The Waste Land are rare since it is often regarded as too difficult to perform. A performance of The Waste Land with live musical accompaniment is almost unprecedented.

The Waste Land is the most influential poem of the twentieth century. It is written in short, interconnected fragments, each one offering a glimpse of humans coming to terms with a world which they find increasingly confusing. For nearly a century, readers have been haunted by its images, amused by its comedy, and absorbed by its vast array of characters.

The music will feature passages of improvisation, original composition, and direct quotation from the work of some of the most important composers of the twentieth century, including Sibelius, Shostakovich, and Schoenberg.

“Julian Lamb and David Pereira bring clarity to ‘The Waste Land’,” Canberra Times

“An utterly inspiring performance,” The RiotAct, Canberra

The Waste Land

Shadow Players
When: 22-27 September
Where:
Kwai Tsing Theatre, Black Box Theatre
Tickets: 
$230 ($170 Seniors, Students) from Urbtix
More info:
22-26 September – 8pm
26, 27 September – 4pm
Free Seating
For each purchase of 5-10 standard tickets 10% off, 11-15 standard tickets 15% off, 16+ standard tckets 20% off

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bc magazine 21

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21 years ago today, the first issue of bc magazine was published in Hong Kong, quite amazing how time flies.

A massive thank you to all those who have contributed over the years and to you the readers for sticking with us.

Hong Kong has had it’s ups and downs and since the 1 September 1994, but we love her and our proud to call her home. We are HongKongers!

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Chinese Documentary Festival 2015

Chinese Documentary Festival 2015

The Chinese Documentary Festival 2015 featuring 31 documentaries from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and France starts on 8 September with 40 screenings running until the 5 October. There’s an Award Ceremony on the 19 September to announce the winners in the three competition categories Hong Kong Documentary, Documentary Features and Documentary Shorts.

Hong Kong Documentary
This year the Festival again includes a Hong Kong Documentary Award with an aim to promoting local films. There were over 30 Hong Kong entries with eight making it to the festival. ‘Search for one’s identity’ is a popular theme among Hong Kong entries, this includes Tsang Tsui Shan’s Flowing Stories and Wong Siu Pong’s Connection. Karl shows us the social and familial pressure faced by a student movement leader. Taiwanese director Kuo Shiao-yun’s inspiring film, Adversity Challengers, follows a group of Hong Kong youth competing in Taiwan cycling contest. A new work by agricultural activist Chan Hao Lun, Open Road after Harvest, focuses on three contemporary farmers. Van Drivers by Kanas Liu is the story of a group of volunteer van drivers who transported supplies back and forth to the protestors during the Umbrella Movement.

Lee Po

Features
Competition is fierce in this year’s features category. Celebrated Taiwanese director Yang Li Zhou’s The Moment – Fifty Years of Golden Horse narrates in a light-hearted manner the history of Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. Bridge Over Troubled Water is filmed in a small village where a tug of war competition by primary school students takes place. It also looks at the issue of immigrant brides. It is uplifting without being sentimental. Ninth Uncle and Heaven’s Will from China allow us a glimpse of the country’s social condition through the eyes of two ‘nobodies’. Su Beng, the Revolutionist, is the biography of the 90 year old political activist. Wu Kang: The Village Committee is a remarkable documentation of the resistance in Shantou’s Wu Kang village and the changes that followed. The Taste of Apple follows Next Media, from its move to Taiwan to its sell-off which has sparked off a fierce discussion on Taiwan’s freedom of the press.

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Shorts
The short films include Taiwan’s Water is Life, a film about conservation whose underwater filming is absolutely stunning. Old Soul looks at five people from different fields who share the same commitment to conservation and the future of Taiwan’s agriculture. One of the protagonists is the director of Water is Life Ke Chin-yuan. In Southland Soldier, a group of soldiers who once fought in Burma for the Chinese Nationalist Party find themselves forgotten by the government and are left to face the plight of forced relocation and land reclamation in a foreign land. Fishing Life, Lingering Sound documents Taiwan’s soon to be extinct fish fry counting technique. Cantonese Rice is an attempt by a French born Chinese-German woman to understand the longing for their homeland of the older generations living overseas.

New Taipei City Documentaries
The New Taipei City Documentaries features six award-winning works with different topics and styles. Some of the Taiwanese directors will attend the festival’s seminars to share their experience on filming and how to promote their works.

Seminars
The festival includes four seminars including Go Hong Kong or Mainland China where two directors from Hong Kong and Taiwan whose works all focus on ‘the search of identity’ talk about their own views on immigration. Freedom of press in Hong Kong and Taiwan hosted by The Taste of Apple’s director Kevin H.J. Lee where local journalists discuss the freedom of press and the hegemony of large corporates. Hong Kong and Taiwan Agricultural Documentaries”invites several speakers including directors Ke Chin-yuan and Chan Ho Lun who are strongly committed to agricultural issues to share their views on agriculture in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Special Selection
There are three special selections at the 2015 festival. Sunflower Occupation is about Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement. The other two are in a genre less familiar for audiences –the mockumentary. Taiwan’s We Are Happy Family and Hong Kong’s The Aqueous Truth blur the line between fiction and reality and are meant to provoke discussion and self-reflection.

Chinese Documentary Festival
Date:
8 September to 5 October, 2015
Venue:
HK Arts Centre, agnès b. CINEMA (2 Harbour Road, Wanchai)
HK Space Museum, Lecture Hall (10 Salisbury Road, TST)
HK Science Museum, Lecture Hall (2 Science Museum Road, TST)
Tickets: $65 from Urbtix
More info: www.cdf.asia

Additional reporting: Visible Record

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Udderbelly Festival 2015-16

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The Udderbelly Festival to be held in conjunction with The Great European Carnival (4 December 2015 to 14 February 2016) has already released tickets to some great shows including comedians Rory Bremner, Jason Manford, musicians Gobsmacked, Michael Winslow and shows such as The Boy with Tape on His Face and The Elephant in the Room.

Udderbelly Festival
Date: 4th December 2015 – 14th February 2016
Venue: Central Harbourfront
Tickets: various

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The Great European Carnival 2016

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The Great European Carnival returns to the Central Harbourfront this winter from the 4th December 2015 – 14th February 2016. As well as games, thrilling rides the midway this year will also feature the unique Udderbelly – a performance venue like no other.

The Udderbelly Festival has already released tickets for some great shows including comedians Rory Bremner, Jason Manford, musicians Gobsmacked, Michael Winslow and shows such as The Boy with Tape on His Face and The Elephant in the Room.

Great European Carnival + Udderbelly Festival
Date: 4th December 2015 – 14th February 2016
Venue: Central Harbourfront
Tickets: tbc

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Halloween Fest @ Ocean Park

Ocean Park Halloween 2015

The night before All Saints Day (1 November) is known as All Hallows Eve, which has evolved over the centuries to Halloween and been embraced locally as a time to dress up, have fun and eat sweet treats. Commercially a single night has become a season, and there’s no better example of this than Ocean Park where it’s 15th Halloween Fest is a 6 week branding bonanza for sponsors stretching from 18 September to 1 November.

Spokesperson Allan Zeman said Halloween Fest is principally targeted at Hongkongers… Which makes it hard to understand why H15 this year’s signature Halloween attraction, for a park looking to attract 36,000+ people a day, is a single person journey strapped to a board from your funeral through the first seven days postmortem. Needless to say advance registration on 4 and 10 September is required. Looking to cater to everyone Ocean Park has Halloween tie-ins with TV show The Walking Dead and anime favourite Doraemon among its 10 Halloween attractions and 12 seasonal shows. Not having previewed any of the these it’s impossible to comment on them, although calling an attraction Lolita Mansion seems a little distasteful. There are also a variety of themed menus on offer.

So grab a few friends, set aside your cyncism and have a little fun, entry is $345, but nothing is that simple these days and there are almost as many discounted entry tickets, passes and ways avoid queues as there days in Halloween Fest, take a look at their website to see how to save www.oceanpark.com.hk

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NPC Decision on HK Chief Executive Election by Universal Suffrage

August 31st marks the one year anniversary of the publication of the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Issues Relating to the Selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by Universal Suffrage.

For those who have not read it, here is the full text

Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Issues Relating to the Selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by Universal Suffrage and on the Method for Forming the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Year 2016

(Adopted at the Tenth Session of the Standing Committee of the Twelfth National People’s Congress on 31 August 2014)

The Standing Committee of the Twelfth National People’s Congress considered at its Tenth Session the Report on whether there is a need to amend the methods for selecting the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2017 and for forming the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2016 submitted by Leung Chun-ying, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, on 15 July 2014. In the course of deliberation, the relevant views and suggestions of the Hong Kong community were given full consideration.

The Session points out that according to the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Issues Relating to the Methods for Selecting the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and for Forming the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Year 2012 and on Issues Relating to Universal Suffrage adopted by the Standing Committee of the Tenth National People’s Congress at its Thirty-first Session on 29 December 2007, the election of the fifth Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the year 2017 may be implemented by the method of universal suffrage; at an appropriate time prior to the selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by universal suffrage, the Chief Executive shall make a report to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress as regards the issue of amending the method for selecting the Chief Executive in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Hong Kong Basic Law and the Interpretation by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of Article 7 of Annex I and Article III of Annex II to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, and a determination thereon shall be made by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. From 4 December 2013 to 3 May 2014, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region conducted an extensive and in-depth public consultation on the methods for selecting the Chief Executive in 2017 and for forming the Legislative Council in 2016. In the course of consultation, the Hong Kong community generally expressed the hope to see the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage in 2017, and broad consensus was reached on important principles such as: the method for selecting the Chief Executive by universal suffrage shall comply with the Hong Kong Basic Law and the relevant Decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and the Chief Executive shall be a person who loves the country and loves Hong Kong. With respect to the methods for selecting the Chief Executive by universal suffrage in 2017 and for forming the Legislative Council in 2016, the Hong Kong community put forward various views and suggestions. It was on this basis that the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region made a report to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on issues relating to amending the methods for selecting the Chief Executive in 2017 and for forming the Legislative Council in 2016. The Session is of the view that the report complies with the requirements of the Hong Kong Basic Law, the Interpretation by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of Article 7 of Annex I and Article III of Annex II to the Hong Kong Basic Law and the relevant Decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and reflects comprehensively and objectively the views collected during the public consultation; and is thus a positive, responsible and pragmatic report.

The Session is of the view that implementing universal suffrage for the selection of the Chief Executive represents a historic progress in Hong Kong’s democratic development and a significant change in the political structure of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Since the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and the sovereignty, security and development interests of the country are at stake, there is a need to proceed in a prudent and steady manner. The selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by universal suffrage has its origin in Paragraph 2 of Article 45 of the Hong Kong Basic Law: “The method for selecting the Chief Executive shall be specified in the light of the actual situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress. The ultimate aim is the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures.” The formulation of the method for selecting the Chief Executive by universal suffrage must strictly comply with the relevant provisions of the Hong Kong Basic Law, accord with the principle of “one country, two systems”, and befit the legal status of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It must meet the interests of different sectors of the society, achieve balanced participation, be conducive to the development of the capitalist economy, and make gradual and orderly progress in developing a democratic system that suits the actual situation in Hong Kong. Given the divergent views within the Hong Kong community on how to implement the Hong Kong Basic Law provisions on universal suffrage for selecting the Chief Executive, and in light of the constitutional responsibility of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for the proper implementation of the Hong Kong Basic Law and for deciding on the method for the selection of the Chief Executive, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress finds it necessary to make provisions on certain core issues concerning the method for selecting the Chief Executive by universal suffrage, so as to facilitate the building of consensus within the Hong Kong community and the attainment of universal suffrage for the selection of the Chief Executive smoothly and in accordance with law.

The Session is of the view that since the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be accountable to both the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Central People’s Government in accordance with the provisions of the Hong Kong Basic Law, the principle that the Chief Executive has to be a person who loves the country and loves Hong Kong must be upheld. This is a basic requirement of the policy of “one country, two systems”. It is determined by the legal status as well as important functions and duties of the Chief Executive, and is called for by the actual need to maintain long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and uphold the sovereignty, security and development interests of the country. The method for selecting the Chief Executive by universal suffrage must provide corresponding institutional safeguards for this purpose.

The Session is of the view that the amendments made to the method for forming the fifth term Legislative Council in 2012 represented major strides towards the direction of enhancing democracy. The existing formation method and voting procedures for the Legislative Council as prescribed in Annex II to the Hong Kong Basic Law will not be amended, and will continue to apply in respect of the sixth term Legislative Council in 2016. This is consistent with the principle of gradual and orderly progress in developing a democratic system that suits Hong Kong’s actual situation and conforms to the majority view in the Hong Kong community. It also helps the various sectors of the Hong Kong community to focus their efforts on addressing the issues concerning universal suffrage for selecting the Chief Executive first, thus creating the conditions for attaining the aim of electing all the members of the Legislative Council by universal suffrage after the implementation of universal suffrage for the selection of the Chief Executive.

Accordingly, pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, the Interpretation by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of Article 7 of Annex I and Article III of Annex II to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and the Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Issues Relating to the Methods for Selecting the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and for Forming the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Year 2012 and on Issues Relating to Universal Suffrage, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress makes the following decision:

I. Starting from 2017, the selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region may be implemented by the method of universal suffrage.

II. When the selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is implemented by the method of universal suffrage:

(1) A broadly representative nominating committee shall be formed. The provisions for the number of members, composition and formation method of the nominating committee shall be made in accordance with the number of members, composition and formation method of the Election Committee for the Fourth Chief Executive.

(2) The nominating committee shall nominate two to three candidates for the office of Chief Executive in accordance with democratic procedures. Each candidate must have the endorsement of more than half of all the members of the nominating committee.

(3) All eligible electors of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region have the right to vote in the election of the Chief Executive and elect one of the candidates for the office of Chief Executive in accordance with law.

(4) The Chief Executive-elect, after being selected through universal suffrage, will have to be appointed by the Central People’s Government.

III. The specific method of universal suffrage for selecting the Chief Executive shall be prescribed in accordance with legal procedures through amending Annex I to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China: The Method for the Selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The bill on the amendments and the proposed amendments to such bill shall be introduced by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in accordance with the Hong Kong Basic Law and the provisions of this Decision. Such amendments shall obtain the endorsement of a two-thirds majority of all the members of the Legislative Council and the consent of the Chief Executive before being submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for approval.

IV. If the specific method of universal suffrage for selecting the Chief Executive is not adopted in accordance with legal procedures, the method used for selecting the Chief Executive for the preceding term shall continue to apply.

V. The existing formation method and voting procedures for the Legislative Council as prescribed in Annex II to the Hong Kong Basic Law will not be amended. The formation method and procedures for voting on bills and motions of the fifth term Legislative Council will continue to apply to the sixth term Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2016. After the election of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage, the election of all the members of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region may be implemented by the method of universal suffrage. At an appropriate time prior to the election of the Legislative Council by universal suffrage, the Chief Executive elected by universal suffrage shall submit a report to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Hong Kong Basic Law and the Interpretation by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of Article 7 of Annex I and Article III of Annex II to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China as regards the issue of amending the method for forming the Legislative Council. A determination thereon shall be made by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

The Session stresses that it is the consistent position of the central authorities to implement resolutely and firmly the principles of “one country, two systems”, “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy, strictly adhere to the Hong Kong Basic Law and steadily take forward the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage in 2017. It is hoped that the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and all sectors of the Hong Kong community will act in accordance with the provisions of the Hong Kong Basic Law and this Decision and jointly work towards the attainment of the aim of selecting the Chief Executive by universal suffrage.

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