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  • Jobless rate steady at 3.3%

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    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.3% in the September-November quarter, unchanged from August-October, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.The underemployment rate rose slightly from 1.5% to 1.6%.A non-seasonally adjusted increase in the unemployment rate was seen in the foundation and superstructure works of the construction sector and the retail sector, while a decrease was seen in the food and beverage service activities sector.Total employment stayed almost unchanged at 3,779,400.The labour force fell by 1,900 to 3,905,900.There were 126,400…
  • Arbitration body set up

    news.gov.hk - Law & Order
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Department of Justice today announced that it had set up an advisory committee to promote Hong Kong as a leading centre for international arbitration services in the Asia-Pacific region.  Chaired by the Secretary for Justice, the committee includes representatives from the department, and local legal and arbitration sectors.Overseas arbitration experts may also be appointed to assist the committee either generally or on specific issues.The body will consider, advise on and co-ordinate initiatives and overall strategies for the promotion of the city's arbitration services locally and…
  • Tuen Mun food factory closed

    news.gov.hk - Health & Community
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A food factory in Tuen Mun has been ordered to suspend business for two weeks for repeatedly extending its business area.It is on the ground floor of Glorious Market at Glorious Garden.It was convicted twice in October for breaching food business regulations, fined $2,700 and registered 30 demerit points under the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department's demerit points system.
  • Senior appointments announced

    news.gov.hk - Admin & Civic Affairs
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Permanent Secretary for Food & Health Marion Lai and Permanent Secretary for Education Cherry Tse will swap posts from January 19.Deputy Commissioner of Correctional Services Yau Chi-chiu will succeed Sin Yat-kin as Commissioner on December 26.Secretary for the Civil Service Paul Tang said the two permanent secretaries are seasoned Administrative Officers with rich experience in public administration and proven leadership and management skills.He said Mr Yau has proven leadership and administrative skills, profound professional knowledge and extensive operational experience.
  • HK housing at critical juncture

    news.gov.hk - On The Record
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Secretary for Transport & Housing Prof Anthony CheungHousing stands out as one of the most critical social problems haunting Hong Kong today.Our “housing crisis” is characterised by a serious supply-demand imbalance, housing prices and rents at a level beyond the affordability of the general public and out of line with our economic fundamentals, the proliferation of inadequately housed households and subdivided units (SDUs), and long queues for public rental housing.This Administration accords high priority to housing. Our three-pronged objectives are: to provide public rental housing…
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  • Jobless rate steady at 3.3%

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 3.3% in the September-November quarter, unchanged from August-October, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.The underemployment rate rose slightly from 1.5% to 1.6%.A non-seasonally adjusted increase in the unemployment rate was seen in the foundation and superstructure works of the construction sector and the retail sector, while a decrease was seen in the food and beverage service activities sector.Total employment stayed almost unchanged at 3,779,400.The labour force fell by 1,900 to 3,905,900.There were 126,400…
  • CE meets US university head

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung met University of Chicago President Prof Robert Zimmer at the Chief Executive's Office this afternoon.Mr Leung welcomed the opening of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Hong Kong in August this year.He said that the top-notch business school establishing a presence in Hong Kong fully underlined the city's status as a regional education hub and international financial centre.The Government will continue to strengthen Hong Kong's position as a regional education hub through internationalisation and diversification of the higher education sector, Mr…
  • Housing Reserve established

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John Tsang today announced the Government has established a Housing Reserve to meet the 10-year public housing supply target.In a statement, he said: "The Government will ensure the Housing Authority has adequate funding to meet the target. Given the huge financial commitment, we have to make advance planning. We will make provision by instalments to reduce fiscal volatility."It is prudent for us to earmark a sum for establishing the Housing Reserve when we are in a steady financial position. This could help alleviate the increasing fiscal pressure due to the public…
  • Archive restores silver screen’s luster

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Hong Kong Film Archive was set up in Sai Wan Ho in 2001, to conserve the local film industry’s heritage and promote film research.The idea of creating a film archive got rolling in the 1990s. The founding head of the archive, Cynthia Liu, reveals that its preparation was a great challenge.To preserve and conserve film prints requires specialist knowledge, Ms Liu said, adding the archive had to send staff overseas for training.It also took a great deal of effort to persuade film industry insiders to donate films to the archive.In the early days, collecting films was difficult, but…
  • Composite interest rate slips to 0.38%

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The composite interest rate slipped to 0.38% at the end of November from 0.39% at the end of October.The Monetary Authority said the drop reflected a decrease in the weighted funding cost for deposits.The composite interest rate is a measure of the average cost of funds of banks.
 
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  • Arbitration body set up

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Department of Justice today announced that it had set up an advisory committee to promote Hong Kong as a leading centre for international arbitration services in the Asia-Pacific region.  Chaired by the Secretary for Justice, the committee includes representatives from the department, and local legal and arbitration sectors.Overseas arbitration experts may also be appointed to assist the committee either generally or on specific issues.The body will consider, advise on and co-ordinate initiatives and overall strategies for the promotion of the city's arbitration services locally and…
  • Funeral held for fireman

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Fire Services Department held an official funeral service with full honours for late Principal Fireman Leung Kwok-kei at Hung Hom Universal Funeral Parlour today.He died after suffering serious head injuries in a gas explosion at Shek Kip Mei Estate last month.Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, Secretary for Security TK Lai, and Director of Fire Services Lai Man-hin laid wreaths at the funeral.The Service Contingent paraded outside the funeral parlour for people to pay their respects. The hearse then arrived at Shek Kip Mei Estate where local dignitaries and…
  • 2 arrested for smuggling rare wood

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Customs officers have arrested two people after seizing 92 tonnes of Honduras rosewood logs, which is an endangered species.The contraband was found in four containers inspected at Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on November 26.Arriving from Guatemala via Mexico, the containers were declared to contain “rubber waste”.The haul is worth $3 million.Officers later arrested a man and a woman aged 52 and 54. They have been released on bail.
  • Occupiers hurt rule of law: SJ

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The illegal occupation of Hong Kong's roads has undermined the city's rule of law, despite occupiers surrendering to Police, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen says.Addressing the media today, Mr Yuen said Hong Kong is a free society and people enjoy the freedom of expression. However, he said they must do so in a lawful manner.On the arrest of more than 50 people in the Mong Kok protest site clearance, Mr Yuen said Police are investigating the cases.The Department of Justice will decide in early January whether charges will be laid based on Police reports.
  • Police to clear Causeway Bay

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Police have announced they will clear obstacles at the Causeway Bay protest site and urged all occupiers to leave the area immediately.Senior Superintendent Kong Man-keung told reporters this morning that officers will cordon-off the area, after which no-one will be allowed to enter. Those who voluntarily leave the site after it has been sealed will have their IDs recorded and may face prosecution later.Mr Kong urged protesters to stay calm and leave peacefully, adding that action will be taken against anyone who resists or charges at officers.Police will reopen the cordon area to traffic…
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  • Tuen Mun food factory closed

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A food factory in Tuen Mun has been ordered to suspend business for two weeks for repeatedly extending its business area.It is on the ground floor of Glorious Market at Glorious Garden.It was convicted twice in October for breaching food business regulations, fined $2,700 and registered 30 demerit points under the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department's demerit points system.
  • 11 MERS cases reported

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Department of Health is monitoring 11 new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome cases in Saudi Arabia, including four deaths.The patients, aged 28 to 79, include eight men and three women. One had frequent contact with camels and two had contact with previously confirmed patients.To date, 938 laboratory-confirmed MERS cases have been reported to the World Health Organisation globally, including at least 343 deaths.Travel agents organising tours to the Middle East are advised not to arrange camel rides or activities involving the animals, which may increase the risk of infection.
  • German poultry banned

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Centre for Food Safety today banned the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from Germany's Lower Saxony state.The ban followed a notification by the World Organisation for Animal Health about an H5N8 outbreak in the state.The centre has contacted German authorities and will closely monitor developments.About 5,500 tonnes of frozen poultry meat and about 580,000 poultry eggs were imported from Germany in the first 10 months of this year.
  • Veneto poultry banned

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Centre for Food Safety today banned the import of poultry meat and products, including poultry eggs, from Italy’s Veneto region.The ban follows the announcement by the World Organisation for Animal Health of outbreaks of H5N8 avian influenza in the region.The centre has contacted Italian authorities and will monitor developments.About 2,900 tonnes of frozen poultry meat were imported from Italy in the first 10 months of this year.
  • UN delegation visits HK

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A United Nations delegation has arrived in Hong Kong for a seminar and field study programme on fostering co-operation on accessibility for the disabled.The 60 delegates come from 10 member states of the UN Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific, plus the Mainland and Macau.At the opening ceremony today, Permanent Secretary for Labour & Welfare Annie Tam briefed the delegation on the Government's efforts in building a barrier-free environment.The delegation then visited Austin MTR Station to see its user-friendly facilities, like lifts and a series of wheelchair…
 
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  • Senior appointments announced

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Permanent Secretary for Food & Health Marion Lai and Permanent Secretary for Education Cherry Tse will swap posts from January 19.Deputy Commissioner of Correctional Services Yau Chi-chiu will succeed Sin Yat-kin as Commissioner on December 26.Secretary for the Civil Service Paul Tang said the two permanent secretaries are seasoned Administrative Officers with rich experience in public administration and proven leadership and management skills.He said Mr Yau has proven leadership and administrative skills, profound professional knowledge and extensive operational experience.
  • CE to visit Macau

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung will lead a Government delegation to Macau on Friday to attend the 15th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region and inauguration ceremony of the fourth-term Macau Government.Financial Secretary John Tsang, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen, Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam and the Director of the Chief Executive's Office Edward Yau will join the delegation.Mr Leung will return to Hong Kong on Saturday. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam will be the acting Chief Executive during his absence.
  • Promoting Basic Law is key: CE

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung said today that the Government spares no effort in promoting the Basic Law and hopes people can fully understand the city's mini-constitution.Speaking to reporters this morning, Mr Leung said the Basic Law codified 'One country, two systems' as Hong Kong's governing principle. The Basic Law's 160 articles cover areas including the relationship between the Central and Hong Kong Governments, Hong Kong's political system, and people's rights and duties.Mr Leung noted that the 'One country, two systems' principle is adopted in accordance with the law, as Hong Kong is a…
  • CE commends Gov't staff

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung today expressed his appreciation to the staff of various Government departments for their efforts during the occupy movement.He noted that all roads that were illegally occupied during the movement have been reopened and that public transport services are back to normal following the clearance of the occupied roads in Causeway Bay."In the past two months or so, colleagues from police, fire services, healthcare, food and environmental hygiene, transport and other departments stayed committed to their work despite tremendous pressure. They made relentless efforts to…
  • Democracy must follow law: CE

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    As the occupy movement came to an end following the clearance of the occupied roads in Causeway Bay today, Chief Executive CY Leung urged people pushing for democracy to do so in accordance with the law.Speaking to reporters, Mr Leung said society should pursue "democracy with the rule of law", that is, exercising democratic rights in compliance with the law.Universal suffrage must be implemented according to the Basic Law and the relevant decisions of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, Mr Leung reiterated, adding that democracy without the rule of law is "anarchy".He urged…
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  • HK housing at critical juncture

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Secretary for Transport & Housing Prof Anthony CheungHousing stands out as one of the most critical social problems haunting Hong Kong today.Our “housing crisis” is characterised by a serious supply-demand imbalance, housing prices and rents at a level beyond the affordability of the general public and out of line with our economic fundamentals, the proliferation of inadequately housed households and subdivided units (SDUs), and long queues for public rental housing.This Administration accords high priority to housing. Our three-pronged objectives are: to provide public rental housing…
  • Corporates going green

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Secretary for the Environment KS WongClimate change poses a global challenge for everyone. Being part of the international community, Hong Kong needs to contribute to the solution, and there is generally greater expectation on the Government, as well as the large corporations, such as listed companies shared by you.So you may already be aware that the Government's target is to reduce the city's carbon intensity by 50% to 60% by 2020, using 2005 as the base year. This equates to an absolute reduction of one-fifth to one-third of Hong Kong's carbon emissions, which is significant.Joining…
  • Hailing young mathematicians

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie LamMany amazing advances in science and technology have their roots in mathematics. Mathematics is indeed the most prominent tool in bridging theories and applications in science and technology. As Plato said, "the highest form of pure thought is in mathematics".The world is getting increasingly technologically complex and competitive. Our youths need to be well equipped with tools, which include those derived from mathematics, science and technology, to meet the needs of the developing economies and this rapidly changing world.Hong Kong students are always on the top…
  • HK creates opportunity

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John TsangHong Kong's financial services industry has enjoyed robust growth in recent years. We rank first in the World Economic Forum's Financial Development Index, and come third in the City of London's Global Financial Centres Index. We maintain a highly open and internationalised financial market, and our regulatory regime is aligned with major global markets. We offer a wide range of financial services.Islamic financeIslamic finance is among the fastest-rising segments in the international financial system, with a growing presence in both Muslim and non-Muslim…
  • HK leverages ICT to become smart city

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Gregory SoA compact and densely populated city like Hong Kong would need to effectively manage many things: resources, people and traffic flows, underground utilities and logistics. This in turn allows us to maintain efficiency for businesses and a high standard of living for all.It is timely for us to explore how we can do that: to leverage technological advances to build infrastructure of a smart city, manage our city in a smarter way, and deliver better services to meet public needs.Hong Kong has well-developed ICT infrastructure with…
 
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  • HSBC, Lenovo join Hong Kong emissions reporting program - CleanTechnica

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    HSBC, Lenovo join Hong Kong emissions reporting programCleanTechnicaAn online carbon footprint repository (CFR) that enables listed companies in Hong Kong to voluntarily report their GHG emissions was launched by the Environment Bureau and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) last week. While the start to ...
  • Xi warns Hong Kong and Macau in 'one China' message - Yahoo News

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Yahoo NewsXi warns Hong Kong and Macau in 'one China' messageYahoo NewsMacau (Macau) (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Hong Kong and Macau on Saturday to remember they are part of "one China", as pro-democracy campaigners in both semi-autonomous territories call for free leadership elections.China's President Xi Jinping Aims At Hong Kong In Remark On 'One Country International Business Timesall 148 news articles »
  • Hong Kong's 'Hedge Fund Fight Nite' - WBUR

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
    WBURHong Kong's 'Hedge Fund Fight Nite'WBURJordan Roberts, a boxing instructor in Hong Kong, recently trained the most unlikely of fighters: 29-year-old Christina Park, an internal systems consultant at BlackRock, an international investment firm. She's not what you would call rough and tumble.
  • Hong Kong Gears Up for Virtuoso Symposium in April 2015 - TravelPulse

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    TravelPulseHong Kong Gears Up for Virtuoso Symposium in April 2015TravelPulseHKTB also is encouraging travel professionals to learn more about Hong Kong by signing up for HKTB's PartnerNet and completing the Hong Kong Specialist Course. Those who complete the specialist course by Dec. 31, 2014 will be entered into a drawing ...and more »
  • Ex-City Official and Property Tycoon Are Convicted in Hong Kong Graft Trial - New York Times

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    BloombergEx-City Official and Property Tycoon Are Convicted in Hong Kong Graft TrialNew York TimesHONG KONG — The highest-level corruption trial in Hong Kong's history ended on Friday with the convictions of a man who was once the city's second-highest official and a billionaire property tycoon charged with bribing him. A jury found the former Hong Kong Elite's Mistresses, Gangsters Unveiled in TrialBloombergHong Kong tycoon and ex-official found guilty in city's biggest corruption trialCNNHong Kong former official, property tycoon guilty in graft caseReutersTIMEall 238 news…
 
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  • Hong Kong Billionaire Thomas Kwok Guilty of Conspiracy With Hong Kong Official

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Thomas Kwok, the billionaire co-chairman of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. , was convicted along with Rafael Hui, Hong Kong's former No. 2 official, of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
  • The Most Powerful Protest Photos of 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    There wasn't a corner of the planet untouched by protest this year, from the tear-gassed streets of Ferguson to the student camps of Hong Kong In 2011, TIME named the Protester as the Person of the Year, in recognition of the twin people-power earthquakes of the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. TIME named the Ebola Fighters as the 2014 Person of the Year, but you could have forgiven if we went back to the Protester.
  • High-Dose Simvastatin for Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage:...

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:37 am
    From the Division of Neurosurgery , Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care , Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China; Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Kwong Wah Hospital, Hong Kong, China ; and Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China . Correspondence to George K.C. Wong, MD, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, China.
  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong reveals chemical dye in dried tofu

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:27 pm
    An inspection conducted on dried tofu in Hong Kong revealed that a well known dried tofu brand uses chemical agent dimethyl yellow, which dyes food yellow, the Food and Drug Administration reported yesterday. According to the Health Bureau of Taichung City, investigations show that this problem is not isolated to a single food plant, as an inspection team gathered samples from five separate companies in the Taichung area, in which three contained the chemical dimethyl yellow, which research suggests could be connected to certain forms of cancers of the liver.
  • MicroRNA and messenger RNA profiling reveals new biomarkers and...

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR, China Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Consortium, LKS Faculty of Medicine and Department of Physiology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China MidSouth Bioinformatics Center, Department of Information Science, George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72204, USA Joint Bioinformatics Graduate Program, University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences,…
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  • Archive restores silver screen’s luster

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Hong Kong Film Archive was set up in Sai Wan Ho in 2001, to conserve the local film industry’s heritage and promote film research.The idea of creating a film archive got rolling in the 1990s. The founding head of the archive, Cynthia Liu, reveals that its preparation was a great challenge.To preserve and conserve film prints requires specialist knowledge, Ms Liu said, adding the archive had to send staff overseas for training.It also took a great deal of effort to persuade film industry insiders to donate films to the archive.In the early days, collecting films was difficult, but…
  • Guqin recitals to be staged

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Acclaimed guqin scholar and performer Li Mingzhong will stage two recitals with his daughter Li Cun on January 17.The father and daughter duo will perform at Nan Lian Garden's Xiang Hai Xuan Multi-purpose Hall at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.Audiences will be treated to renditions of Remembering an Old Friend, Song of the Frontier, and Wild Geese among others.Guqin Recital by Li Mingzhong and Li Cun is part of the Nan Lian Garden Music Series presented by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department. Tickets cost $240 and are available at URBTIX.
  • Special philatelic products to launch

    7 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Hongkong Post will sell the 2014 Prestige Annual Stamp Album and the 2014 Annual Stamp Pack from December 16.These two collection sets use gemstones as their theme and design concept.They cover some of the major events of the year as well as cultural, art and science elements.Innovative techniques such as embossing, silver hot foiling and 22K gold plating are also employed.The 2014 Prestige Annual Stamp Album sells for $498 while the 2014 Annual Stamp Pack is priced at $198.Both will be available at all 38 philatelic offices, the PostShop at the General Post Office, and online.
  • Gentlemanly paintings go on show

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Four Gentlemen flower paintings exhibition opened at the Museum of Art today.It features more than 70 works selected from the museum’s collection of works by calligraphers and painters from the Ming Dynasty to the modern period.They reveal the charm of the so-called "Four Gentlemen" - plum blossoms, orchids, chrysanthemums and bamboo - which each have their own characteristics.The admission fee is $10, and it is free on Wednesdays.Click here for details.
  • Extra puppet performance booked

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    An additional performance of puppet musical Winter in Sweetyland has been scheduled for December 21 due to overwhelming public demand.Produced by Make Friends With Puppet and presented by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department, the extra show will be staged at 5.30pm on December 21 at Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre.Tickets are available at URBTIX and range from $130 to $180.For enquires click here.
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  • Credit card circulation up

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The number of credit cards in circulation grew to 18.5 million by the end of the third quarter, up 0.3% on the previous quarter and 2.9% year-on-year, the Monetary Authority says.There were 123.1 million credit card transactions, up 3% quarter-to-quarter and up 3.3% year-on-year, while the value of credit card transactions was $137.8 billion, up 5.7% on the previous quarter and up 11% year-on-year.The number of debit card transactions in relation to retail sales and bill payments fell 2.9% to 28.5 million, while the total value decreased 1.4% to $57.5 billion in the third quarter.Compared to…
  • Composite interest rate slips to 0.38%

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The composite interest rate slipped to 0.38% at the end of November from 0.39% at the end of October.The Monetary Authority said the drop reflected a decrease in the weighted funding cost for deposits.The composite interest rate is a measure of the average cost of funds of banks.
  • New CEPA deal signed

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John Tsang today signed an agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on achieving basic liberalisation of trade in services.He signed it with Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Yan in Guangdong, under the framework of the Mainland & Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). It will be implemented on March 1.Chief Executive CY Leung, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Qiu Hong, and Guangdong Vice-Governor Zhao Yufang witnessed the signing.The agreement is also the first…
  • RMB reinsurance report released

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Financial Services Development Council today released its report on developing Hong Kong as an offshore renminbi-denominated reinsurance centre aimed at reinvigorating the local reinsurance industry.The report noted that there is a huge potential market to be tapped estimated at an additional RMB22 billion in reinsurance business from insurers in Greater China.The move will also help Mainland insurers to diversify their exposure and offer them better access to international reinsurance providers and specialist carriers based overseas, while reinforcing Hong Kong's position as an offshore…
  • Jobs survey set

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Census & Statistics Department will conduct another round of the Quarterly Survey of Employment & Vacancies from January 2.It will collect end-of-December data on employment and vacancies in major industry sections.It covers about 28,000 establishments which are drawn from industrial, services and retail sectors.Selected establishments must submit information on the number of staff, vacancies and its characteristics.The survey is conducted quarterly and the results will serve as short-term economic indicators and provide information on the latest changes in the labour market.
 
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  • Kai Tak weather station opens

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The automatic weather station in Kai Tak Runway Park opened today, providing round-the-clock meteorological readings.Hong Kong Observatory Director Shun Chi-ming said the station not only enhances the regional weather information provided to the public, but also gives tourists arriving by cruise ship useful weather information.The public can access the information from the Observatory's Regional Weather webpage and mobile version page.
  • Clean energy more costly: KS Wong

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Using clean energy to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality will inevitably increase pressure on power companies to raise electricity tariffs, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong says.Tariffs for CLP Power customers will rise by 3.1% next year, while those for HK Electric will remain unchanged for a second year.Speaking to the media at the Legislative Council today, Mr Wong said the tariff decisions have been taken in response to community feedback.He said changing from coal-fired electricity to natural gas will put upward pressure on tariffs. CLP Power has nearly doubled its use…
  • Waste charging report submitted

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Council for Sustainable Development today submitted its report on municipal solid waste charging to the Government.It suggests implementing waste charging in both the domestic sector and the commercial-industrial sector in one go, with the former paying $30 to $40 per month for a three-person household, and the latter paying $400 to $499 per tonne.The council said the ultimate goal is to implement charging by household using pre-paid designated garbage bags.A transitional period of up to three years is recommended to allow charging based on the volume of waste disposed of by the building,…
  • Carbon footprint repository launched

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    An online carbon footprint repository, which enables Hong Kong listed companies to disclose their carbon footprints and share successful stories on carbon management and practices was launched by the Environment Bureau today.Certificates were presented to 64 listed companies to commend their contributions and efforts in auditing their carbon footprints and disclosing their carbon data through the repository.Secretary for the Environment KS Wong noted that listed companies could obtain a clear account of the amount of greenhouse gases produced by their operation through carbon audits, which…
  • Glass recycling at all estates

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The glass bottle recycling network has grown to cover all 164 public rental housing estates under the Housing Authority, the Environmental Protection Department announced today.Including the collection points in private housing estates, the department has achieved its target of setting up 1,000 glass bottle collection points on residential estates by the end of 2014.This means more than 50% of Hong Kong's population now has access to glass bottle recycling facilities within their residential estates.The department said it will continue to expand the recycling network in 2015, paving the way…
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  • Instagram: Twice a day, I c…

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    19 Dec 2014 | 12:57 am
    Link to original post: Instagram: Twice a day, I c… Twice a day, I calculate numbers based on 11; “the helper has 3, I have 5, that leaves 3 kids at home waiting for their walk”. This morning, that number changed to 10. At 3 something this morning, our Siu Bak had a stroke. At 5:30am, she was given rest. She was almost 15 years old. She will be sorely missed. (This photo was taken several years ago) gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
  • Instagram: 今天我們的hush puppy‘…

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    15 Dec 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Link to original post: Instagram: 今天我們的hush puppy‘… 今天我們的hush puppy‘謙謙’(14歲)要做手術。腳上有一個比較大的癌。希望手術能夠把所有的癌割走 Our hush puppy Him Him (14 years old) is having surgery today to remove a fast-growing cancerous growth from her leg. 更新:醫生決定再抽款,希望可以肯定是小惡還是大惡的癌種才決定怎麼醫。星期五應該有結果。可能需要截腳所以資料越多越肯定越好。 Update: The doctor decided to take extra bigger tissue samples. He wants to be more sure…
  • Instagram: 買了聖誕禮物未? Purcha…

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    13 Dec 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Link to original post: Instagram: 買了聖誕禮物未? Purcha… 買了聖誕禮物未? Purchased your Xmas gifts yet? gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
  • Instagram: 今天在九龍城廣場這兒和香港商業設…

    Gregory 河國榮
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Link to original post: Instagram: 今天在九龍城廣場這兒和香港商業設… 今天在九龍城廣場這兒和香港商業設計協會別的會員擺檔,在我們Design Zone商店門外(1/F) Today, we're part of a bazaar here at Kowloon City Plaza outside of our Design Zone store on 1/F. gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
  • Instagram: 這個星期五這個演唱會,我有份表演…

    Gregory 河國榮
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Link to original post: Instagram: 這個星期五這個演唱會,我有份表演… 這個星期五這個演唱會,我有份表演。如果有興趣,還有十幾張票,可以聯絡海報下邊的電話訂票 this Friday, I'll be one of the performers in this concert. There are still 10 or so tickets available. If you're interested, please call the ph number on the bottom of the poster. gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
 
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    sketches from the other side

  • all things come to a halt

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    This morning I was greeted by the sight of stalled traffic in Causeway Bay due to the poorly planned and executed police operation to line up Hennessy Road with a dozen vans, seemingly without having taken into consideration the Monday morning commute. At the front of the traffic snarl, a police officer was arguing with an irate bus driver while other drivers milled about on the street complaining with each other or taking pictures of the police vans that were blocking the intersection. Several hundred people being made late to work is a small sacrifice to restoring order by being able to…
  • no such thing as privacy

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    In case there was still a person out there in the world who still felt like they were protected behind their double passworded, firewalled, anti-virus pro plus account, the Sony hacks were a wake up call. If someone wants to access your private online information badly enough, they will find a way. Personally, I feel moderately secure only because I'm just not interesting enough for anyone to take the time to hack me.I have strong feelings about the publication of Sony emails. In a lot of ways I consider media reports of the private conversations between Sony executives, especially those…
  • end of the road?

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:50 pm
    SB and I scurried over to Admiralty to bear witness to the clearing out of the protesters. As it turned out, they were not exactly being cleared out, except for the ones blocking the entrance to some government buildings. There was mounting frustration on both sides, but SB and I tend to back those who aren't armed with batons and clubbing people.Over in our homeland, people are divided among race lines over several shootings of black teenagers and kids by the police.  There kids weren't exactly boy scouts and attempts by their friends to paint them as saints have largely hurt their…
  • Peak to Fong

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:58 pm
    source: Hong Kong Dog RescueOn Sunday I turned over my rugby kids to another coach so that I could accompany my furbabies on a dog themed event sponsored by Disney. It was a fundraising hike for the Hong Kong Dog Rescue, which was well attended by canines of all shaped and sizes. People walked, carried, and wheeled their pets from the Peak Galleria to Lan Kwai Fong, where a street carnival awaited us.The walk wasn't anything special; in fact, it was a bit of a mess unless you were the owner of a small dog. For the rest of us, it was a painfully slow progression downward. There was a traffic…
  • danger in every turn

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:41 pm
    One of our club's most valuable players was involved in a horrible construction accident. A person was killed and our friend was very badly injured. We are all thankful that he is alive. After several weeks in intensive care he has been relocated to a hospital very close to us so SB and I are looking forward to visiting him.In the meantime one of SB's hockey friends broke his leg very badly. From glancing at the X-ray I saw five to seven distinct pieces that were not attached to anything. He is having reconstructive surgery today. We are hoping for a full recovery because he is a skating…
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  • Sunglass Hut Opens New Store in Causeway Bay

    SC
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Leading global sunglasses retailer Sunglass Hut opens its latest store in Hong Kong at Causeway Bay. The store will carry the wide range of brands that this brand is known for, which means you will be able to find everything... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • ASICS Opens First Mono Brand Store in Causeway Bay

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    17 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Sports brand ASICS opens its first mono brand store in Causeway Bay that houses Hong Kong’s first state-of-the-art ASICS FOOT ID service that helps you select the ideal running footwear based on your body and performance. The store offers a... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • The Chinese Timekeeper’s 2014 New Collection

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    17 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    A watch brand that is inspired by Chinese heritage, The Chinese Timekeeper reveals its first-ever pieces in a gorgeous 38mm case. Crafted by the best watchmakers in Hong Kong, these timepieces feature not only striking diamonds but also red jade,... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Valentino’s Limited Edition Special Capsule Collection

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    16 Dec 2014 | 8:09 pm
    To celebrate its New York Fifth Avenue Store opening, Valentino has launched a special capsule collection designed by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Each piece features a unique red heart emblem that is designed to symbolise the... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Eunice Cheung’s The Bird Catchers Exhibition at Grotto Fine Art

    Sidney Koo
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Hong Kong artist Eunice Cheung’ exhibition - The Bird Catchers looks at the way human hunt birds.  She explores our appreciation of the beauty and freedom birds represent and at the same time criticizes the desire of bird hunters to capture, cage... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
 
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    Hong Kong Travel - What's New?

  • Lang Lang in Concert December 18 - 19, 2014

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Iconic... Unique... Extraordinary... For two nights only... Lang Lang performs two different concertos in collaboration with Music Director Jaap van Zweden. On the first night, we hear Mozart at his most tempestuous and emotional. The following night, hear Tchaikovsky's romantic heart beating in the immortal first concerto. Two evenings of pianistic brilliance not to be missed. When?: December 18 and 19, 2014 8:00 p.m. Where?: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall How Much?: HK$480, $980, $1280, $1980
  • Hong Kong International Races Coming This Weekend

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Longines is the tittle sponsor and official timekeeper of the biggest and most anticipated meeting in Hong Kong's horse racing calendar. Without a doubt a thrilling day not to be missed for horse-racing enthusiasts as the four international G1 Races share in the stupendous HK72 million purse: the Hong Kong Cup, Hong Kong Mile, Hong Kong Vase, and Hong Kong Sprint. When?: December 14, 2014 - 12:00 - 6:00 pm Where?: Sha Tin Race Course How Much?: General Admission at Public Enclosure HK10 or Members' Enclosure with Tourist Badge HK190 (must bring passport)
  • Ocean Park Hong Kong Christmas Sensation - December 13, 2014 to January 4, 2015

    7 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Lots happening at Ocean Park during the holiday season including Hong Kong's largest indoor Christmas lighting spectacle! Ocean of Light Doraemon Christmas Party House at Whiskers Harbour The 70-foot tree at Waterfront Plaza Christmas Candyland Christmas Street Shows at the Summit Santa feeding the fish at the Grand Aquarium Christmas Menus, snacks, cakes and tons of souvenirs to highlight the season When?: December 13, 2014 to January 4, 2015 Where?: Ocean Park Hong Kong How Much?: Included with Admission Ticket
  • The Hong Kong Ferris Wheel: The Newest Attraction in the Central Harbourfront Has Opened!

    7 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    The Hong Kong Ferris Wheel or Observation Wheel as it is officially named, just a stone-throw away from the Central Star Ferry Pier, is giving us just another striking venue to enjoy wonderful sweeping views of Victoria Harbour. Come check it out!
  • Hong Kong Christmas Celebrations 2014

    28 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Christmas is such a wonderful time to visit Hong Kong. As if Victoria Harbour wasn't striking enough on a normal day, during holiday time it really comes to life with the glittering lights that decorate every corner of the territory. Here's what's happening, from Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland, a fantastic Ocean of Lights at Ocean Park, and of course WinterFest with this year's stunning keepsake, a beautiful classical Christmas Tree at Statue Square.
 
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