Saturday, 20 December 2014

1489 HKSAR Name of the Day

Icarus Wong Ho-yin, policy researcher at a non-profit organization, Hong Kong

Icarus was complacent, foolhardy and a failure ... an ideal name for a policy researcher then ...

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Name Category: Rare; Historical; Literature-based

Thursday, 18 December 2014

1488 HKSAR Name of the Day

Fala Chen Fa-la, actress, TVB, Hong Kong
 see 0904 HKSAR Name of the Day

Fala Chen new look haircut (see previous look here)

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Name Category: Creation; Phonetic-based

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

1487 HKSAR Name of the Day

Helen Leung Hay-lin, architect, Hong Kong
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Name Category: Common name but phonetic-based 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

1486 HKSAR Name of the Day

Karina Chow, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong (SCMP Letters 13 Dec 2012)

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Karren Brady Real Waxwork Dummy

When watching Sir Alan Sugar's Junior Apprentice, he was explaining to the kids that Madame Tussauds was full of dummies and then the screen cut to this shot …

Karren Brady looking like a dummy in a room full of dummies

The appearance of Karren Brady is hilarious. Yes, she is a successful businesswoman and a baroness, but she also conjures up the stereotypical image of the British woman. Bad hairstyle, poor makeup and a frumpy unhealthy look.

Karren Brady. Pic from Wikipedia

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Friday, 12 December 2014

1485 HKSAR Name of the Day

Kinki Yiu, mother of six-year-old daughter Yoyo who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, Hong Kong (Dec 2012)

Mother Kinki Yiu Attends To Daughter Yoyo Born With Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Pic KY Cheng

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

1484 HKSAR Name of the Day

Wincy Ng Wing-sze, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong (SCMP Letters 10 Dec 2011) 

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Bad air truly a matter of life and death

In the two years since the government finished the review of its air quality objectives, nothing has been done about it.

The government doesn't seem to realise the health threats of Hong Kong's poor air quality.

While doctors cannot say on a death certificate that a person was "killed by air pollutants", it is well known among health professionals that air pollution is highly associated with fatal diseases.

Studies have shown that people in polluted areas develop respiratory symptoms more readily and people who are exposed to air pollutants for a long time die sooner than those who are not.

So how bad is the air in Hong Kong? It is not unusual for members of the public to think that air quality is of minimal significance and to consider that our present levels are normal and acceptable.

This is not true.

The air quality objectives have not been updated since 1987, and yet it is this standard that the government uses to assess the extent of air pollution, monitor projects and approve new ones.

The outdated standards are extremely lax compared with the World Health Organisation's air quality guidelines.

Do we not deserve better air to breathe? It is time for the government to face the challenge. No more vague emission control proposals, no more uncertain time frames, no more excuses for negligence.

We can all make a difference by expressing our concerns and urging the government to take action promptly. We all deserve a breath of fresh air.

Wincy Ng Wing-sze, Pok Fu Lam