South Pacific and Chile

Written by Cliff on Monday 13 June 2011 at 3:30 pm

current relationship between Oz, NZ and Chile

Volcanic cash destroys south pacific (graphic image)

The connected world

Written by Cliff on Friday 17 December 2010 at 3:39 pm

Quake shakes Hong Kong

Written by Cliff on Sunday 21 November 2010 at 3:58 pm

An earthquake was recorded by the Hong Kong Observatory at 2:42pm on Friday, 19 November 2010.

Quite a number of local residents from various parts of the territory reported to have felt this tremor, the duration of which was several seconds. According to these reports, the intensity of the tremor was estimated to be IV (four) on the Modified Mercalli Scale of XII (twelve). Preliminary analysis placed the epicentre of the earthquake at Deep Bay in Shenzhen, about 30 kilometres northwest of the Hong Kong Observatory. The magnitude was estimated to be 2.8 on the Richter Scale.

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Newspaper hot air

Written by Cliff on Monday 18 October 2010 at 8:11 pm

“In a volatile market, funds tend to make their way into the financial sector, so once a correction takes place, money pulls out first from this sector,” said Castor Pang, research director at Cinda International Holdings Ltd.

In other words: sometimes, money tends to go into stocks. When people sell their shares, money goes out of the stock market.


World Cup Terrorism

Written by Cliff on Monday 12 July 2010 at 4:29 pm

Uganda, World Cup and Spain

A Refreshing Experience

Written by Cliff on Tuesday 6 July 2010 at 2:03 pm

Several weeks ago, I was invited by one of Amway’s business groups to take photographs at one of their major events held in the name of one Enosh Tse. They had booked the community hall of the Baptist University and had decked the place out with flowers, receptionists and there there must have been over at thousand five hundred people milling around the carpark, most in formal wear.

Amway is a gargantuan multi-national company with over US$8.4b in revenues and, together with its affiliates, owns Fulton Innovation as well as Metagenics. I was truly honoured to be part of its team that day.

Enosh arrived in a black limo amidst great fanfare and I held my breath to stabilise my camera as people crowded in front of the car to shake His hand. I ran up the steps leading to the double doors to catch him walking up the stairs from the limo. The ushers had a terrible time sorting the tickets and the line simply grew longer and longer. I took a moment to talk with some of the audience in the front rows.

I learnt that the event was hosted specifically for Enosh as he had, well below the age of 30, helped over 6 people obtain a stable income of over 12,000 a month. It wasn’t just the charity of doling out funds, as most charities do, but he took an active part in helping others achieve more than they could on their own. Consequently, he had improved their quality of life, confidence and had lifted their hopes. And business was getting better.

Amway is in the business of selling relatively high quality products such as organic nutritional supplements and skincare products, and together with a distribution model that benefitted ordinary people, it had taken off in places such as China, Russia, India and Malaysia, places where opportunities were rarer and people more willing to spend time sculpting their future.

Enosh’s team went up on stage to tell their tales of working together and with him. There were merchandisers, investment bankers, dentists, students, personal assistants… generally all sorts of young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. They had lent their experience to the group and together, they had started to help many more people around them achieve or start to achieve a second source of income derived from depriving long-standing supermarkets of their monopolised revenue. In a city where an extra income is always welcome, Enosh’s team is doing well.

Our hopes to Haiti

Written by Cliff on Thursday 21 January 2010 at 1:48 pm

At 1pm today, we went through our digital archives to retrieve a rare moment in history, when news coverage of Haiti exceeded that of coverage in USA and Iraq. Here it is:

Haiti gets limelight

Snippets from an executive report on triad crime activity and prospects

Written by Cliff on Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 11:25 pm

Triads today are a shadow of the past. Constipated with members without decent education and upbringing, they have no choice but to reduce their entry barriers, removing the poetry-reading requirements and worshipping ceremonies. Moreover, their business practices are impacted by the lack of foresight and leadership at the top, limiting the groups to smaller-scale organised crime such as vending pirated media, managing brothels and gathering protection money. Drug trafficking and money laundering – crimes that require extensive logistical support, experience and know-how, have been hampered by the retirement and death of top triad ‘officers’ as well as the refusal of the lower ranks to educate themselves on the subject matter. The recent economic crisis has had little effect on the activities of triad groups…

Contrary to popular opinion, triad activity in international jurisdictions are relatively quiet, shackled by limited oversight from Hong Kong headquarters. The erosion of traditional values such as tight-knit communities and mutual protection together with international recognition of Chinese economic power have reduced triad activity in international jurisdictions. Indeed, many old ties between Hong Kong groups and satellite groups have been severed by the retirement and death of top triad officers.

Politics and Law

Written by Cliff on Sunday 13 September 2009 at 1:14 am

Politics and law… do not and should not mix. If an ex-preseident is implicated and convicted, the public have no right to use political pressure or social pressure to try to overturn the judgment. Anyone doing so can possibly be charged with perverting the course of justice.

The courts should not be swayed by public or political will in determining the guilt or innocence of an individual. That is the test of the independence of the judiciary and the possibility of democratic government. A fettered judiciary will inevitably lead to turmoil. An example is the Chinese and Burmese courts. You do not want to be tried in those places. Maybe ex-presidents might want to attempt a hearing in those places…

Mongkok Acid Attacks

Written by Cliff on Tuesday 9 June 2009 at 6:33 pm

The Mong Kok acid attacks are three incidents in 2008 and 2009 where plastic bottles filled with unknown corrosive liquid were thrown onto shoppers on Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Hong Kong, a popular pedestrian shopping area. The statutory offence is called “throwin’ corrosive fluid with intent to do grievous bodily harm”, s.29 CAP.212 and is punishable by life imprisonment.

Here is a map of the incidents.

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