Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Pak Tai Temple Cheung Chau

Pak Tai Temple Cheung Chau

The Pak Tai Temple on Cheung Chau is one of the many Pak Tai temples in Hong Kong.

The temple is the center of the annual Bun Festival on the island which in normal years draws thousands of visitors.

Pak Tai Temple Cheung Chau
Pak Tai Temple Cheung Chau

The festival pays homage to Pak Tai and takes place in late April or early May depending on the Chinese lunar calendar.

Pak Tai Temple Cheung Chau
The temple holds several important treasures

The temple was completely rebuilt in 1989 and is known for its ornate roof decorations and several treasures within. These include an 800-year-old iron sword from the Song Dynasty and a golden crown that adorns the main Pak Tai statue. The stone cauldron at the entrance is from the late 19th century.

Pak Tai Temple Cheung Chau
Pak Tai Temple Cheung Chau

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH

Leica APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH: 以先進科技打造的徠卡SL系統廣角鏡頭現已面世

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徠卡相機公司發佈了又一款高性能徠卡SL系統廣角鏡頭-徠卡APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH.鏡頭。APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH.鏡頭是徠卡持續擴大的APO-Summicron-SL鏡頭系列的最新成員,該系列鏡頭以頂級光學性能和快速且可靠的自動對焦功能而著稱。繼35mm、50mm、75mm和90mm鏡頭之後,徠卡APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH.鏡頭的發佈為APO-Summicron-SL系列增添了一款真正意義上的廣角鏡頭。


APO-Summicron-SL系列鏡頭的直徑完全相同,因此其濾鏡尺寸也完全相同。APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH.鏡頭的視角尤為適合新聞攝影、室內環境和建築攝影。f/2的最大光圈對於其焦距而言已是不小,而成像質量沒有任何損失,在最大光圈下,通過對銳度和虛化程度的控制,為創作者提供更多的創意空間。此外,基於L-Mount (L-卡口) 標準,APO-Summicron-SL 28mm f/2 ASPH.鏡頭可與由L-Mount (L-卡口) 聯盟合作夥伴生產的徠卡鏡頭卡口標準相機完全兼容。 

13塊光學鏡片——其中3塊是雙面非球面鏡片——被分排在10個鏡片組中,即使是在光圈全開的情況下,依然能呈現極致畫質。因循徠卡鏡頭的慣例,最大光圈為可用光圈。因此,拍攝時無需為了提高成像質量而縮小光圈,收縮光圈僅為構圖服務。

APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH.鏡頭承襲徠卡鏡頭的一貫水準:自然的膚色表現、焦外成像的柔和過渡、畫面細節中出色的對比度,所有的邊角成像銳利、無變形;此外,APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH.鏡頭的複消色差校正能力格外突出,這也是其焦段顯著的特點。為了確保鏡頭極佳的色彩校正能力,大多數光學鏡片組不僅具備了特殊的局部色散性能,還使用了高品質特種玻璃;為了打造其極為複雜的結構,徠卡將創新生產工藝發揮到了極致。

所有Summicron-SL鏡頭的自動對焦驅動器都使用了帶有DSD®(雙同步驅動™)技術的高性能步進式驅動器。這項技術使得整個對焦只需250毫秒就可以完成。徠卡相機公司在手動對焦技術方面也採取了全新的方案:Summicron-SL鏡頭採用了全新的手動對焦環結構:手動對焦環中嵌入了一塊具有兩極性的環形磁鐵,當對焦環轉動時,磁場的磁極性發生變化;傳感器監測著磁場的狀態,並將數據發送到主處理器中;隨後驅動器根據旋轉角度和轉速將鏡頭移動到相應的對焦位置——這項技術使得手動對焦更快、更精確。

蘊含尖端科技的Summicron-SL系列鏡頭,無論是構造還是設計都代表了徠卡SL系統鏡頭的下一階段發展方向。徠卡為了生產這一系列鏡頭開發了全新、高精度的製造工藝和測量技術。這些技術的優勢不僅使得鏡頭更加小巧輕便,也保證了卓越的成像性能。APO-Summicron-SL鏡片的製造尤為著重預防雜散光和反射光。徠卡的研發團隊不僅優化了其光學性能和機械設計,更通過在鏡頭表面覆以高質量鍍膜,將難以避免的反射光影響降到最低。對於灰塵、濕氣和濺水的有效密封,以及前組鏡片表面的防水鍍膜,使得這些鏡頭經久耐用,幾乎在任何天氣條件下都能無憂使用。

APO-Summicron-SL 28 f/2 ASPH.鏡頭現已發售,建議零售價為港幣$39,900元正。

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HKIFF45 Programme Reveals

HKIFF45 Programme Reveals

The 45th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF45) will open on 1st April with two significant Hong Kong films - the world premiere of Where the Wind Blows (TBC), directed by Philip YUNG, starring Tony LEUNG Chiu-wai and Aaron KWOK, and the gala premiere of Septet: The Story of Hong Kong, an omnibus film by seven acclaimed Hong Kong filmmakers including Sammo HUNG, Ann HUI, Patrick TAM, YUEN Woo-ping, Johnnie TO, Ringo LAM and TSUI Hark. 

Hong Kong Film Festival
HKIFF45

Closing the festival is the Asian premiere of Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at Berlinale, from renowned Japanese director HAMAGUCHI Ryusuke. For the first time ever, HKIFF45 will go hybrid with both in-theatre and online screenings and audience-engagement events. Today's announcement of its full line-up also takes a new format, pre-recorded at FWD House 1881 and broadcasted online. 

During the 12-day extravaganza, over 190 titles from 58 countries and regions, of which 10 are world, 11 international and 43 Asian premieres, will be presented in close-to 230 screenings in theatres, and nearly 60 films are available through online platform. Multi-talented actor Aaron KWOK will return as the festival ambassador for the third consecutive year. Equally acclaimed is director Stanley KWAN, this year's Filmmaker in Focus. 

The retrospective honouring KWAN will feature 13 of his seminal works and a commemorate book. The renowned filmmaker will also attend a Face to Face seminar on 5 April to share his insights on films, art, and life with the public. 

Though filmmakers are unable to come to Hong Kong due to the health crisis, HKIFF45 has specially arranged two Master Classes by celebrated documentarians, Frederick WISEMAN and HARA Kazuo, who will meet the audience through live online streaming following the screening of their latest works, City Hall and Reiwa Uprising respectively. Audiences will also be able to connect with various filmmakers through seminars, post-screening talks, and other online events. Award-winning films of international cinema are the usual highlights of the HKIFF programme.

This year's showcase includes Wife of a Spy, with which KUROSAWA Kiyoshi is named Best Director at Venice; Golden Globes Best Foreign Language Film winner, Minari, by Korean-American director Lee Isaac CHUNG; Dear Comrades!, the Special Jury Prize winner at Venice by Russian director Andrei KONCHALOVSKY; as well as master documentarian Frederick WISEMAN's City Hall, Gianfranco ROSI's Notturno, and Maria SPETH's tenderly powerful documentary, Mr Bachmann and His Class, another Silver Bear winner from this year's Berlinale . 

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Shochiku Cinema, one of Japan's most historical and influential studios, HKIFF45 is proud to present a special retrospective programme showcasing ten masterpieces from ten maestros including MIZOGUCHI Kenji, OZU Yasujiro, IMAMURA Shohei and YAMADA Yoji, paying tribute to the remarkable achievement of Shochiku Cinema. In addition to the Japanese masterpieces, HKIFF45 also brings to audience a selection of newly restored classics from world and Chinese-language cinemas. Highlights include Tih Minh, a rarely-seen silent era crime serial in 12 episodes by Louis FEUILLADE; Jean-Luc GODARD's Breathless, beautifully restored for its 60th anniversary; The Goddess, a silent masterpiece directed by WU Yonggang and starring RUAN Lingyu; TSUI Hark's The Butterfly Murders, a pioneering work of the Hong Kong New Wave movement, as well as four restored classics by Stanley KWAN. In particular, four newly-restored masterpieces by WONG Kar Wai, including In the Mood for Love, are must-see for cinephiles.

Mohammad Reza ASLANI's Chess of the Wind, a long-lost censored Iranian gem recently restored, will be screened alongside its successors, in a new section entitled "Iranian New Cinema", which introduces the exciting new works from promising filmmakers who herald a new movement in Iranian cinema. Their aspiring spirits can be matched by the filmmakers in the "Fantastic Beats" section, which will impress young audience with Kajillionaire by Miranda JULY, and popular Japanese films like Underdog, We Made a Beautiful Bouquet and All the Things They Never Said.

To celebrate its 45th edition, HKIFF has tailor-made a limited edition souvenir boxset, consisting of cross shoulder bag, zipper bag, Moleskine pocket notebook, masklab respirators, ticket holder / mask keeper, die cut pins, bag key clip and paper clips. HKIFF has also designed crossover merchandise, which include the Festival tee shirt, a crossover with Teemaker, now available on the teemaker website [https://teemakerhk.com/]; and the Festival mask, a collaboration with local mask brand masklab, now available on the masklab website [https://masklab.hk] and stores.

As part of its continuous efforts in making cinema accessible and affordable to the public, HKIFF will offer a special discounted fare of HK$28 to students, elderly, people with disabilities and CSSA recipients, hold free community screenings, and add Chinese subtitles to foreign language films. HKIFF45 will be held simultaneously in-theatre and online from 1 to 12 April.

The public can purchase tickets online (http://www.hkiff.org.hk/), through all URBTIX outlets (for screenings at Cultural Centre, City Hall, Arts Centre and Tai Kwun only) or MCL Cinema's website [http://www.mclcinema.com], mobile ticketing app and K11 Art House box office (for screenings at K11 Art House only) from 10am on 18 March.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Pirata Group - 2021 H1 New Openings

Pirata Group

Pirata Group

一直堅持以提供難忘美食享受作為理念的本地餐飲集團Pirata Group將於2021年踏上增長之路,並在接下來的六個月內推出五家新餐廳。在全球餐飲業於歷史上最艱難的時期下開展新餐廳,這肯定了集團對香港的承諾以及對提供非凡餐飲體驗的不懈追求。 

雖然過去兩年經歷各種挑戰和難題,集團依然不斷學習和專心致志於新概念的開發,更進行了實質性的業務重組,專注以人為本,同時通過創造前所未有的用餐時間、外賣和定位等給客人全新體驗,以適應變幻莫測的環境並繼續向前。 

 Pirata Group共同創辦人及行政總裁 Manuel Palacio說:「我們深信香港,所以選擇在這裡紮根及長期發展。」「和其他運營商一樣,過去兩年給我們帶來極多考驗,但憑著我們團隊的努力和堅持以及香港營商環境的改善,我們定必可以繪製增長之路。」

作為一間引以為豪的香港本地公司,Pirata Group正在尋求更多人才,務求以非凡而難忘的美食享受令更多不論是本地還是國際的客人稱心滿意。

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Educating Young Giants Book Review

Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Don't Learn) in China and America

by Nancy Pine

Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-230-33907-1
193 pp

Educating Young Giants Book Review

China is not satisfied with its education and is trying to become more like America. America is not satisfied with its education and is trying to become more like China. What is going on?

Both countries are trying to prepare their students for the future, a future in which, according to one Stanford professor of Education herein quoted, schools must "prepare students to work at jobs that do not yet exist, creating ideas and solutions for products and problems that have not yet been identified, using technologies that have not yet been invented." Author Nancy Pine takes a look at American and Chinese education systems, where they came from, and both where they are going and where they need to go.

China's education philosophy comes from Confucianism and heavily promotes rote memorization at the expense of creative thinking. American education has traditionally been more geared to creative thinking, but with the rise in dependence on standardized tests, this is changing.
A history teacher at a prestigious urban school in Guangzhou summarizes what his understanding of his job is. "I spend every minute of every class telling my high school students everything I know about history. Their job is to take notes and memorize the material."

Before Chinese and American children even reach school age, their educations are dissimilar. For example, Chinese children tend to be told how to correctly play with toys, while American children are often left on their own to figure out how to play with their toys.
Also discussed is "prewriting," which is what happens when two- and three-year-olds are asked to write. In China, children's "prewritings" are small with angular lines that can be likened to Chinese characters. American children "write" in big swirls and fill up much of the page, looking more like the English alphabet. Another idea Pine explores is the difference in the purpose of education. She quotes one Chinese observer of education as saying, "People in China see math and science as a tool to change their destiny, not to explore the world."

Of course, discipline in schools is discussed. In China, it is expected, demanded and just plain de rigueur. In America, discipline is - often a huge problem.
Any discussion of education in America must consider charter schools. Pine goes there, saying that American charter schools are successful basically because of their forward-thinking. School administrators in charter schools don't have to overcome central planning and the laser focus on preparing students for standardized tests.

Tests in both countries tend to measure what bits of information have been memorized. Tests of the future will also need to test thinking ability.
While readers might expect that a comparison of two countries' educational philosophies, which quotes a number of academics, by the way, might be prone to flatulent verbosity, this book actually is down to earth and easy to digest.

Pine doesn't try to offer many suggestions to improve America's education world, but when she does, at the end of the book, it can mostly be summed up as: let's spend lots more money.
If you are a reader who thinks copious notes and a long bibliography are important, you should know that there are 10 pages of notes and six pages of bibliography.
The book was published in 2012, so the reader might be left to wonder what has happened in Chinese and American education since then. Perhaps there is a more up-to-date book, but failing that there is still plenty to think about and mull over here in this book.

Marshall Hughes

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Sunday, March 07, 2021

Press Conference of the 45th Hong Kong International Film Festival

Press Conference of the 45th Hong Kong International Film Festival Announcing Grand Opening, Closing Films and Full Programmes

Hong Kong International Film Festival
Hong Kong International Film Festival

The HKIFF45 will be held from 1 - 12 April, 2021, which includes a selection of the latest films in international cinema, cutting-edge works from new talents, and restored classic films from around the world.

The online press conference will take place today (9thMarch 2021) at 3pm to announce the HKIFF45 full programme details, and will be joined by media representatives and public as it unveils the highly anticipated annual film festival.

Event Details of HKIFF4 Press Conference

Date:

9th March 2021 (Tuesday)

Time:

3:00 pm

Live-streaming hyperlink:

https://www.youtube.com/user/HKIFFS

Guests:

Mr. Aaron KWOK, HKIFF45 Ambassador

Director Stanley KWAN, HKIFF 45 Filmmaker-in-Focus

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