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Retrospective on film maker Jean-Luc Godard

Film maker Jean-Luc Godard is one of the most important auteurs of the French New Wave. His works are experimental, breaking the conventional mode and daring to express political opinion. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of French New Wave Cinema, 31 classics showcasing his works at different periods will be shown from September to November to salute the film master.

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Cathay Pacific and Dragonair staff receive highest accolade for customer service at annual Betsy Awards

Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair honoured 14 frontline staff for their outstanding customer service to passengers at its 5th Betsy Awards Presentation Ceremony. A Betsy Award is the highest accolade given to Cathay Pacific and Dragonair staff in recognition of their people and service excellence. In addition to the individual awards, the Cathay Pacific Bangkok team was also given a special recognition for their extraordinary efforts in assisting stranded passengers during the closure of Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport last year.

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Creative ideas invited to restore Bruce Lee's residence

The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mrs Rita Lau, July 20 invited members of the public and professionals in related fields to submit ideas and concepts for restoring the former residence of the late Mr Bruce Lee in Kowloon Tong. The aim is to turn the residence into an attraction for locals and tourists to commemorate Mr Lee's contribution to martial arts and the film industry.

In a joint press conference announcing the launch of the Ideas Competition for Bruce Lee's Residence, property owner Mr Yu Pang-lin said he hoped that the whole community would actively participate so that the best ideas could be selected to restore the residence to its original appearance and to optimise the use of space for the provision of facilities such as an exhibition hall, audio-visual room, kung-fu corner, library and souvenir counter.

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More District Cyber Centres in pipeline

A total of 14 district-based cyber centres were providing services under a pilot scheme on District Cyber Centres (DCCs) and it would be expanded to 25 to cover different districts, the Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Communications and Technology), Mr Duncan Pescod, said July 16.

The scheme is currently supporting 14 centres equipped with about 200 computers and related facilities, as well as training programmes to serve different needy communities including youth, the elderly and women. A library is established to provide about 190 laptop computers for loan to the public and a mobile van will parade across the territory to deliver training and mount community-based ICT thematic activities.

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HK Film Archive showcases legend and beauty of superstar Lin Dai

Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)’s new retrospective “The Legend & The Beauty - The Films of Lin Dai” will be held from August 14 to November 1 with an exhibition of artifacts and screenings of Lin’s classics, featuring her in different roles. The programme is organised with the generous support of Lin’s son, Lung Tzong-hann, Shaw Brothers (Hong Kong) Limited, Cathay-Keris Films Pte Ltd, Celestial Pictures Limited and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

The 18 films showcasing Lin’s brilliant performances are her portrayals of different historical beauties in “The Kingdom and the Beauty”, “Beyond the Great Wall”, “Diau Charn”, “The Last Woman of Shang” and “Madam White Snake”; her early works “The Fisherman’s Daughter”, “Golden Phoenix” and “Golden Lotus” which won her the first Best Actress Award; city comedies “The Battle of Love”, “Cinderella and Her Little Angels”, “Les Belles”, “Love Parade” and “Bachelors Beware”; city dramas “A Mellow Spring” and “Humiliation for Sale” and the popular romantic melodramas “Love without End”, “The Blue and the Black” and “The Blue and the Black 2”.

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Hong Kong team wins 18 medals in 1st Asian Youth Games

The Hong Kong delegation achieved encouraging results in the just concluded 1st Asian Youth Games (AYG) by winning a total of 18 medals, comprising five gold, eight silver and five bronze.

The Deputy Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Leisure Services), Mr Bobby Cheng, and the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Leisure Services), Miss Olivia Chan, welcomed the athletes home upon their arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport from Singapore July 7.

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Environmental levy on plastic shopping bags to start from July 7

The Secretary for the Environment, Mr Edward Yau, officiated July 5 at the pre-commencement ceremony of the Environmental Levy Scheme on Plastic Shopping Bags organised by the Environmental Protection Department at East Point City, Tseung Kwan O.

Under the scheme, registered retailers are required to charge customers a 50-cent environmental levy for providing a plastic shopping bag with handle. Prescribed retailers include major and chain supermarkets, convenience stores, personal health and beauty stores, and supermarkets inside department stores.

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Expansion plan of Hong Kong Disneyland

Chief Executive: The Government and the Walt Disney Company have reached an agreement on the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland and the relevant financial arrangements.

The expansion plan will boost the number of “theme areas” from four to seven.  The new attractions will come on stream in phases over the next five years.

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Facelift for Observatory's ultraviolet information webpage

The Hong Kong Observatory June 25 launched a new webpage with more information on ultraviolet (UV) radiation to raise people's awareness of sun protection and minimise the harm from UV radiation.

On hot summer days, people are inevitably exposed to UV radiation when outdoors.  To raise their awareness of sun protection, the Observatory launched the new webpage on UV radiation.  In addition to revamping the existing information of real-time and forecast UV indices, other useful information has been added.  This includes the statistics of past UV indices, the health effects of different types of UV radiation like UVA and UVB, the effectiveness of sunscreen lotion and clothing in protecting against UV radiation, common misconceptions about sun protection and applications of UV in daily life.  The new webpage can be accessed on (www.weather.gov.hk/wxinfo/uvindex/english/euvindex.htm).

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