Migrant scheme attracts overseas talent - Script

Admission of talents is essential to Hong Kong's development
as a knowledge-based economy 
and enhance our competitiveness in the globalized market
Hong Kong is Asia's world city with
superb location and pluralistic culture
Together with our fair and open business environment
free flow of information network
as well as low tax rate 
and simple tax regime
talents are attracted to come here for development

The Government launched 
the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme in June 2006
It aims at attracting talented persons 
from around the world
including the Mainland 
to settle in Hong Kong 
without having to secure an offer of local employment beforehand 
Through simple application procedures
the Scheme has successfully 
attracted talents from different sectors 
to settle in Hong Kong

The speed on ice, the contacts 
and the tactics all make ice hockey 
an exciting and dynamic sport 
While it's hugely popular in North America and Europe 
only now with even indoor wings 
is it catching on here in Hong Kong 
Barry Beck, named most valuable player for N.H.L. New York Rangers in 80s 
has moved halfway across the world 
to coach in Hong Kong 
Not only does he appreciate the passion of the local players 
but he is also impressed 
with the efficiency of the "Quality Migrant Admission Scheme"

To come to the foreign country 
sometimes it takes awhile 
the quality admission scheme cut through that 
and cut through the red tape 
and a lot of different types of professionals 
become impatient coming to another country 
With this scheme, they can come over right away 
and they don't need a letter of appointment.

During his eleven-year career 
he led the Rangers to confront Stanley cup Semi-finals 
His shoulder injury took him out of commission 
and he retired in 1990 
then he began teaching young players the game 
Barry has now closed his own school in Canada 
to concentrate his coaching here 
He has followed the strategy 
to boost local players' standards 
He also planned to have demonstrations in primary school 
and will sponsor equipments for kids 
He will even invite big name teams 
to Hong Kong to put on exhibitions

To bring a couple of professional teams 
over to the Hong Kong area 
and to put on an exhibition 
to let kids come out 
and see what it's like to play at the highest level 
to see the speed of the game 
the physical aspects of the game 
to get them to feel the passion of the game 
then we think it will get more kids involved

[singing]

Students are hard at work 
learning the professional pronunciation 
and breathing skills required for singing
When we know soprano Lan Rao in Hong Kong from Germany 
to be a judge of the Music Committee two years ago 
she was moved by Hong Kong peoples' passion for music

I was so stunned 
I have never imagined 
there was so many kids here 
working so hard to learn music 
They all have great voices 
and sing with a strong passion 
which made me think 
there is a great need for teaching talented youngsters here

The gift this soprano was awarded a scholarship 
and went to study music in Germany 
when she was nineteen 
She was awarded a Master Degree by the Music School of Munich 
and then performed around the world 
During two decades of singing for global audiences 
Lan Rao has been dreaming of the days 
she would return to China 
to devote herself to promoting music there 
The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme helps her dream come true

I have a dream 
I want to teach as many people as possible 
Not only teaching professional vocals 
but also thousands of children 
to let them know the joy of singing

Lan Rao arrived in Hong Kong in July 
and become the first in-house artist 
at the University of Hong Kong 
School of Professional and Continuing Education 
The School hopes to train more local Hong Kong performing artists 
to cater for future list of the Government
West Kowloon Cultural District 
Lan Rao's portfolios extend well beyond the Classical pieces

This folk song

[singing]

Born in Canton province
Lan Rao hopes to promote Cantonese folk songs 
and also Chinese operas in the future 
She will continue to record CDs 
to promote music in the cities

Jordan Potash's profession 
is also related to the Arts 
but he is not a performer 
Instead, he is an Art therapist 
Jordan began his career in Washington, the capital of the U.S. 
where he used creative arts 
to help people express their thoughts 
and overcome emotional difficulties for nearly seven years 
Now, he brought his skills and experiences to Hong Kong 
where he sees the need for Arts therapist

There are certain amount of people in Hong Kong 
due to the culture values and the worldviews 
they don't feel comfortable talking about their problems 
so they have not treated up the oral 
this kind seem like normal activity 
they can still express themselves 
but they don't have to risk talking about it

Though the need may be great 
there isn't such a training course 
for this profession in Hong Kong 
So, Jordan's second mission is to help train local art therapists 
He gives lectures at University during his leisure time 
and also does volunteer work 
Jordan said the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme 
allows flexibility which is attractive 
to talented overseas professionals

In most of the places 
they have to get a sponsor 
which get a long time to get a full-time job
or for full-time overseas sponsorship 
or something like that 
But nothing that really gives the flexibility of being able to
do a little bit here, a little bit there 
and then can get going forward sense of what is life is like

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