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Hong Kong residents relieved as clean up continues after super typhoon

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:14 AM

 

 

Hong Kong Victoria Harbor | REUTERS

Workers in Hong Kong continued the cleanup and repair operation on Tuesday (September 18) after a typhoon, dubbed the “King of Storms”, struck over the weekend.

Super typhoon Mangkhut, with hurricane-force winds well over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles/h), barreled past the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least 54 people. It then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.

The city has been trying to clear scores of felled trees and bamboo scaffolding which have been blocking roads and on Monday contributed to severe disruption to commuters. Some buildings, including the One Harbourfront office tower, had many windows smashed after a day in which some of the city’s skyscrapers had swayed with the ferocious gusts.

Residents said they were relieved that public transportation has resumed.

The China Meteorological Administration said Mangkhut was one of the 10 biggest storms to hit southeast China since 1949 – when records began – with wind speeds at around 162 km/h. — Reuters

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Chinese bamboo weaving master makes bamboo QR code

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 09:29 AM


Bamboo weaving master Xie Shiyang weaving QR code in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, east China | Reuters

For most Chinese, QR codes are symbol of modern technology achievement, but in the eye of a bamboo weaving master, it is just another item that can be made with bamboo strips.

In east China’s Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, 65-year-old bamboo weaving mater Xie Shiyang managed to blend the centuries-long traditional skill with modern technology. In his hands, a QR code is not generated by a software, but by his bamboo strips.

“Our county’s ancient village preservation and development office first brought up the idea of bamboo QR code. They wanted to develop creative cultural products with bamboos for a rural revitalization forum. They asked if we can make bamboo QR code. So we began to try in October 2018,” said Zhang Qingming, director of a localart craft factory.

The experiment was not smooth at first, though. QR codes usually have complicated patterns so it requires different sizes of bamboo strips to be weaved together to depict the lines, dots and cubes. After half a month’s effort, Xie made the first bamboo QR code.

Now Xie needs three hours on average to complete a bamboo QR code and had received orders from many companies.

“Although bamboo QR codes may not have high economic interests, it can let more people know about our traditional bamboo weaving skills and value our skills. Now many schools and kindergartens in our county have expressed their willingness to know more about bamboo weaving,” said Zhang. — Reuters

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Girl rescued after falling into panda enclosure in southwest China

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 11:27 AM

Pandas approaching girl as security guard trying to pull her out of Panda enclosure in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China on February 9, 2019 | CCTV via Reuters

A young girl was rescued after falling into a panda enclosure in southwest China, state media reported on Sunday (February 10).

State broadcaster CCTV showed video of a security guard first trying to rescue the girl in red with a stick, then leaning through a gap to hold the girl’s hand and pull her out as pandas were approaching with no apparent attempt to attack human.

The incident took place at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding on Saturday (February 9), CCTV said.

The girl was not injured and the cause of the incident was still under investigation, it added. — Reuters

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Kim Jong-un and Rodrigo Duterte look-alikes take Hong Kong by storm

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 04:08 PM


RODRIGO DUTERTE AND KIM JONG-UN LOOK-ALIKES WALKING AROUND HONG KONG ON FEBRUARY 3, 2019| REUTERS

Kim Jong-un is not only the leader of North Korea, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s agent — according to his Hong Kong based impersonator.

Kim look-alike Howard X and his new talent, Duterte impersonator known as Crecencio Extreme were surrounded by crowds of excited, selfie-snapping, Filipino domestic helpers on Sunday (February 3) as they walked around town, smiling, waving and also eating at a fast food outlet from the Philippines.

Crecencio Extreme normally works as a civil servant in the Philippines and describes himself as an admirer of the Philippine President. He’s now undergoing training to master key phrases and expressions.

“Things that you have to learn to become an impersonator, is that you must learn a lot about the history, and the current political climate. You know, everything, all the facts in relation to that country, and the person you impersonated. And you need to be updated all the time, to the latest news. And second of all, you need to look like the person. And try to just get their mannerisms, at least, if you don’t speak. But if you’re able to speak, even better,” says Howard X.

Howard X who hopes to bring more political figure impersonators into the industry to join people like himself and his Donald Trump look-alike friend, who created havoc in Singapore ahead of the first Trump-Kim summit last year.

According to Howard X, the most successful impersonators of political figures can make as much as US$15,000 for a single appearance.
— Reuters

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