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New weather radar at Tai Mo Shan comes into operation

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New weather radar at Tai Mo Shan comes into operation
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New weather radar at Tai Mo Shan comes into operation

2024-05-17 15:00 Last Updated At:05-18 01:29

Tai mo shan unveils cutting-edge weather radar system

The new Tai Mo Shan weather radar (TMSWR) of the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) was installed in March 2024 and has come into operation to provide essential observation data for monitoring various inclement weather conditions including thunderstorms, rainstorms and tropical cyclones.

The Director of the HKO, Dr Chan Pak-wai said, "Situated on the highest peak in Hong Kong, the weather radar at Tai Mo Shan has been an indispensable observing equipment for the HKO in weather monitoring. The commissioning of the new TMSWR is of paramount importance to the HKO to meet growing challenges of extreme weather".

At a cost of around $31 million, the new TMSWR is the second dual-polarisation S-band Doppler weather radar in Hong Kong. It is capable of identifying hail areas and raindrop sizes in the air, and is useful for monitoring hail and rainfall rates. Compared to the first dual-polarisation S-band Doppler weather radar at Tate's Cairn (TCWR) that started operation in 2015, the new TMSWR is equipped with more advanced hardware and software modules, providing higher power for the transmission of radar pulses, smaller attenuation of radar signals, lower system noise, a better graphic user interface and more software utility functions for easier radar control. These new technologies enable the generation of higher-quality products to facilitate weather analysis.

The new TMSWR is operating in tandem with the TCWR to provide round-the-clock radar images for severe weather monitoring. The public can access the regularly updated radar images via the HKO website and the mobile application "MyObservatory".

Source: AI-generated images

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Stephen Chow Film Festival Delights San Francisco Audience with Timeless Classics

2024-07-20 09:30 Last Updated At:09:38

Heart of the Richmond: Stephen Chow Film Festival successfully concluded in San Francisco

A special three-day showcase, "Heart of the Richmond: Stephen Chow Film Festival", where the cinematic genius of Stephen Chow was celebrated with seven of his most iconic films, was held at the Balboa Theater in the Richmond district in San Francisco, California from July 12 to 14 (San Francisco time). Nearly 1 500 attendees enjoyed Chow’s classics over the summer weekend. The festival was the first collaboration between the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco (HKETO San Francisco); the Office of Supervisor Connie Chan; Balboa Theater; and Another Planet Entertainment.

Paying tribute to one of Hong Kong's most well-known filmmakers, the festival allowed audiences to revisit Chow’s unique blend of humor and creativity through a curation of timeless hits. The line-up included Chow’s international breakthrough "Shaolin Soccer"; Golden Globe-nominated "Kung Fu Hustle"; Chinese New Year family comedy "All's Well Ends Well"; crowd-pleasing culinary drama "The God of Cookery"; Chinese literature parody "Flirting Scholar"; as well as East-meets-West cult classics "A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box" and "A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella".

At the opening reception on July 12, the Director of the HKETO San Francisco, Ms Jacko Tsang, delivered welcome remarks. She said, "One of our office’s missions is to foster cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and the western United States. This is why we are excited to bring the films of Stephen Chow to San Francisco. His films have become a cultural phenomenon in Hong Kong and beyond, and occupy a unique place in Hong Kong cinema. This festival offers audiences the chance to experience the timeless classics of Chow on the big screen. We hope audiences in the San Francisco Bay area will enjoy his films with a good laugh."

San Francisco Supervisor Connie Chan also welcomed the community with introductory remarks at the reception. "I am excited that we could showcase Hong Kong filmmaker and actor Stephen Chow's globally celebrated, locally loved cinematic talent at the Richmond district's storied Balboa Theater this summer, said Supervisor Chan.

"I am excited to share these films, in their original Cantonese, with San Francisco. Bringing together film lovers and Chinese speakers to enjoy the show, help boost our small businesses, and bring community enrichment to our neighborhood."

The opening reception featured a traditional kung fu performance and Chinese calligraphy. The subsequent screening of "Shaolin Soccer" was well attended by movie lovers who filled the two-house theater. Special guests included the President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Mr Aaron Peskin, and Assistant Director of "Shaolin Soccer" Rainy Zhao.

Heart of the Richmond: Stephen Chow Film Festival successfully concluded in San Francisco  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Heart of the Richmond: Stephen Chow Film Festival successfully concluded in San Francisco Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Heart of the Richmond: Stephen Chow Film Festival successfully concluded in San Francisco  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Heart of the Richmond: Stephen Chow Film Festival successfully concluded in San Francisco Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Heart of the Richmond: Stephen Chow Film Festival successfully concluded in San Francisco  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Heart of the Richmond: Stephen Chow Film Festival successfully concluded in San Francisco Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Heart of the Richmond: Stephen Chow Film Festival successfully concluded in San Francisco  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Heart of the Richmond: Stephen Chow Film Festival successfully concluded in San Francisco Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

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