Saturday, 20 September 2014

How To Cut Corners ... By Putting Them In

Q: How many lanes does a rectangular running track have?
A: Who cares! It's crap ... and hilarious.

Not for turning: A runner struggles to turn the corner of the running track. “It is difficult to turn and easy to fall,” a local resident said. Pic SCMP Pictures

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Hurried Chinese officials cut corners to rush out rectangular running track (SCMP; paywall)
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 July, 2014, 2:59pm

Agence France-Presse in Beijing

Chinese officials painted a rectangular running track at a stadium as they rushed preparations for a visit by their superiors, state media reported on Tuesday.

Pictures posted online showed the running surface had the normal oval shape, but the white lines marking out each runner’s lane were angled at 90 degrees.

Internet users leaped on the revelation.

Watch: Hurried Chinese officials rush out rectangular running track for superiors' visit

“Leaders, this is the newly developed right-angled running track,” wrote one poster on Weibo, imitating the tone of a lower-ranking Chinese official reporting to his superior.

“We have become the first country in the world to have such tracks! I believe [Chinese athletes] will outperform other countries’ [athletes] after scientific training on such a running track!”

China National Radio described the forestry administration stadium in Tonghe county, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, as having “rectangular tracks” around the football pitch.

Curves in all the wrong places: Officials painted the rectangular running track as they rushed preparations for a visit by superiors. Photo: SCMP Pictures

“It is difficult to turn and easy to fall,” local resident Gong Xiaona told provincial television programme Newsnight.

It quoted a member of staff at the stadium as saying the previous track had become worn down by long use.

“The current tracks were laid in a rush to deal with the visit by some provincial leaders,” he said.

“We ourselves feel it’s ugly. But who can change it if our bosses don’t care?”

It is not unknown for local officials in China to come up with eccentric ideas to curry favour with their bosses or cope with inspections.

A publicly-funded orphanage in Jieyang in the southern province of Guangdong had its facilities transformed into government offices and dormitories, according to previous state media reports.

When provincial authorities mounted an inspection last year, social welfare officials attempted to borrow orphans from a nearby temple.

Friday, 19 September 2014

1443 HKSAR Name of the Day

Andre Leu, a vice-president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

1442 HKSAR Name of the Day

Hamish Low, a member of Green Drinks Hong Kong, an informal gathering of people interested in green issues, Hong Kong

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Rafael Hui Is a Rat Not a Hamster

The unfolding saga of Penfold (aka Rafael Hui Si-yan), in particular his business and personal life, is beginning to be revealed in court ...

The 66-year-old former Chief Secretary, like many high-status Hong Kong males, has admitted to being a rat having a mistress (unsurprisingly, a "young woman from Shanghai"). This in itself is not particularly shocking. Rather it is the amount of money Rafael Hui, a retired civil servant, has at his disposal that is of public interest.

Rafael Hui said that he spent up to HK$8 million on an “intimate” young female friend from Shanghai. Pic Dickson Lee

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Rafael Hui 'gave HK$8 million to young woman he was having intimate relationship with' (SCMP; paywall)
PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 September, 2014, 1:26pm

Stuart Lau

Former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan told a court today that he had given up to HK$8 million to a young woman from Shanghai with whom he had an "intimate" relationship.

Giving testimony at the city's biggest graft trial, Hui admitted showering the woman with several million dollars, and gifts such as handbags and watches.

“In the year 2008, and the one or two years that followed, I gave some money to a female friend in Shanghai,” said Hui, who was a non-official member of the Executive Council at the time.

“I had not known her for a long time,” he said. “When I first met her, it was in a social gathering in Hong Kong.”

Hui’s counsel, Edwin Choy Wai-bond, asked: “Is this Shanghainese female acquaintance a young woman or a married woman?”

Hui answered: “Maybe I would say, a young woman.”

Choy then asked: “Is it right to say your relationship with her was at times intimate?”

Hui agreed. He said he sometimes met the woman in Hong Kong and sometimes in Beijing. But they did not meet too frequently, he added.

Hui recalled giving her “several million” Hong Kong dollars.

“I do not recall the exact amount. But I think at least seven or eight million,” he said.

Some of the money was for her to buy property while some of it was used to make investments, the court heard.

“I did give her some gifts,” Hui added.

“Like bags and watches and that type of thing?” his lawyer asked. Hui answered yes.

“You were generous in giving her those gifts as well?” his lawyer went on.

“For the value of those gifts – of course it was not low. But I would not say they were luxurious items either,” Hui said.

Hui, 66, faces eight charges related to bribery and misconduct in public office.

He allegedly received HK$27 million in cash from the property magnate Kwok brothers, also standing trial, in return for being their "eyes and ears" in government.

Thomas Kwok, 62, faces one charge of conspiracy to offer an advantage to Hui and two counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

Raymond Kwok, 61, faces four charges, including one with Hui of furnishing false information. SHKP executive director Thomas Chan Kui-yuen, 67, and former Hong Kong stock exchange official Francis Kwan Hung-sang, 63, each face two charges.

All have pleaded not guilty. The trial continues before Mr Justice Andrew Macrae.

Monday, 15 September 2014

1441 HKSAR Name of the Day

Rabee'a Yeung Lok-ting, local celebrity, TVB, Hong Kong 

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

1440 HKSAR Name of the Day

Mallory Ng, Shun Lee, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 31 August 2011)

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

1439 HKSAR Name of the Day

Kibby Lau, local celebrity, Hong Kong

see Hongkie Town posting here (and here)

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