0242 HKSAR Name of the Day

September 24, 2009

Boniface Ho, Ka Kui, accountant, Hong Kong

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0241 HKSAR Name of the Day

September 23, 2009

Gilda Ching Kit Fong, doctor, Hong Kong

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Roger Federer says ‘Hotdog’ was his greatest shot ever. Huh?

September 23, 2009

Roger Federer’s hotdog ‘tween the legs was nothing special. It appeared to be an amazing shot only because it was a winner that set up match point in the semi-final of the 2009 US Open. However, the real reason why it appears amazing is due to the laziness or casualness of his opponent, Novak Djokovic rather than to Federer’s lucky exhibition-style trick shot which, for the record, should in no way define his tennis brilliance. I am a fan of Federer’s skill, grace and athleticism on the tennis court.

Anyone who knows anything about tennis understands where Djokovic’s prime position should have been. Djokovic was in an advantageous attacking position that had his opponent under pressure and scurrying back to the baseline. He should have been right up by the net waiting to clean up the point with a volley. Instead, Djokovic was casually waiting near the “T” zone, which is basically “no man’s land”.

Even the British tennis public, generally not known for their following of tennis around the world, can use their specific knowledge of Wimbledon to confirm that Djokovic should have been standing by the net ready to intercept the ball.

Federer said this about ‘hotdogs’:

“I do practice them a lot actually but they never work. That’s why I guess it was the greatest shot I ever hit in my life.”

Doesn’t sound rational. What about all the classic shots (i.e. backhand, forehand, volleys, overheads, etc) that he practices daily and which have been proven to work extremely well? Why attribute a high-risk low-percentage shot as the greatest shot in his life? What about the numerous amazing points he has shared against Rafa Nadal and other top players, which has seen some truly incredible rallies and wonderful winners? (Some examples here)

Therefore, it was Federer’s greatest ever luckiest shot, but not his greatest ever shot.
Roger Federer’s place in tennis history does not deserve to be cheapened by a lucky shot.

Note: Apologies for my slow turnaround times. I know the US Open finished over a week ago.

0240 HKSAR Name of the Day

September 22, 2009

Vania Cheng Chiu Kun, solicitor, Hong Kong

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0239 HKSAR Name of the Day

September 21, 2009

Liwina Ho Chui Yin, quantity surveyor (since 1993), Hong Kong

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0238 HKSAR Name of the Day

September 20, 2009

Pammy Fung Yee, accountant, Hong Kong

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0237 HKSAR Name of the Day

September 19, 2009

Elvin Ching Chin Pang, doctor, Hong Kong

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Ink Poisoning Scam: Fish n’ Chips Anyone?

September 19, 2009

Today’s Hong Kong media scare is a silly story about “ink poisoning”. For years the British have scoffed down fish n’ chips from newspapers soaked in vinegar and tomato sauce! Think about the ink seepage from that? Any side effects or poisonings?

The obvious answer is “no”. No side effects. However, there are direct effects from eating too many fried food items such as chips and deep-fried mars bars … but that’s another story!

French fry lovers told to ink twice before they eat
Adele Wong
Friday, September 18, 2009

Diners who spread their french fries across paper tray mats in fast-food restaurants to get maximum ketchup coverage may be risking ink poisoning.The warning comes from the unlikely source of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, which says the greasy practice is hazardous because ink from the paper may seep into the fries.

But experts at the Centre for Food Safety say the party’s claim is without foundation.

A random DAB inspection of McDonald’s and KFC outlets in the mainland found written warnings advising customers not to put food directly on top of paper mats.

Hong Kong has no such warnings, said Danny Chan Chung-cheung of the DAB.

As a result, mainlanders have developed the habit of putting a paper napkin down before placing their food on the trays.

The center said there is no scientific evidence to prove that ink on food may damage your health.

But Chan urged the center to follow up on the matter and also promote higher hygiene standards in the city’s fast food chains by, for example, placing wash basins near restaurant cashiers and in customer areas to encourage handwashing.

A spokeswoman for the center said customers should not place food directly on tray mats because they are not designed for that purpose.

But she added studies show that when printing ink is ingested it does not pose significant health risks.

A McDonald’s spokeswoman said: “All packaging that is in contact with our food, including the tray mat, are governed by strict quality control measures.

“We also ensure the paint being used [on tray mats] meets international food safety requirements.”

A KFC spokeswoman said all its packaging materials, including paper used in food baskets, are up to food safety standards.

“We are now [considering putting] precautionary wordings on all tray mats,” the spokeswoman said.

Dr Yeung Chi-hung, senior lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s department of applied biology and chemical technology, said customers need not worry too much about the health risks of ink.

Yeung said it used to be a general practice in Hong Kong for people to wrap food such as raw meat in newspapers, and he is not aware of any harmful side effects.

Whether ink from tray mats may be absorbed by the food depends on the length of exposure and the area of contact, he said.

0236 HKSAR Name of the Day

September 18, 2009

Gwendalyn Chen Yin Mun, solicitor, Hong Kong

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0235 HKSAR Name of the Day

September 17, 2009

Janz Fung Sui Lan, surveyor (since 1991), Hong Kong

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