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  • Talks on CE election urged

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Government will do its best to facilitate communication on constitutional reform between the Central Government and different sectors of society, Chief Executive CY Leung said today.In advance of the Executive Council meeting, Mr Leung told reporters the Government has made arrangements for lawmakers to meet Central Government officials, for example the Shanghai trip for legislators in April.Mr Leung encouraged all sectors, irrespective of their views, to create an atmosphere conducive to constitutional reform discussion.He added that there are only five weeks left before the National…
  • Credit accumulation policy introduced

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Education Eddie Ng today announced the introduction of a policy and principles for credit accumulation and transfer under the Qualifications Framework to further support learning pathways for students.Mr Ng said credit accumulation and transfer policy are applicable to Qualifications Framework Levels 1-7 and learning across the academic, vocational and continuing education sectors.It recognises the education achieved and minimises repeated learning as well as the time and money involved. This encourages lifelong learning in students and enables institutions to attract new…
  • CE meets Japanese delegation

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung met a Japanese Diet delegation led by its Budget Committee Chairman Toshihiro Nikai at the Chief Executive's Office today.Mr Leung said both sides enjoy close ties in economic affairs and trade, culture and tourism, adding he hopes the frequent exchanges and co-operation continue.He also encouraged Japanese enterprises to set up and expand businesses in Hong Kong, leveraging the city’s position as an international financial and trade centre.
  • Pollution advisory issued

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department has advised people to reduce physical exertion and outdoor activities due to higher than normal pollution levels.At 4pm today the Air Quality Health Index in Yuen Long, Tai Po, Tuen Mun, Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung reached 10+ while most stations were at 9 or above.The health risk categories were "Very High" or "Serious".The Hong Kong Observatory said the weather will remain very hot tomorrow under the influence of Typhoon Matmo, until a southerly airstream bringing showers arrives later this week. Pollution is expected to remain high until…
  • Popular vocal group to perform

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Local a-cappella group Orange will perform three concerts in August as part of the Leisure & Cultural Services Department’s International Arts Carnival.They will combine innovative a-cappella styles with percussion, movement and theatrics to perform a wide-ranging repertoire of original songs and covers.Established in 2009, Orange has toured in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, the Mainland and Macau. It has been invited to perform in arts festivals and other major events and collaborated with world-renowned violinist Jue Yao and local artists such as Elisa Chan, Frances Yip, Louie Castro,…
 
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  • Safe cycling campaign to launch

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Police will launch a week-long city-wide campaign tomorrow, to promote safe cycling and take stringent actions against cycling offences.Cyclists must obey all traffic laws which apply to drivers and are subject to the Road Traffic Ordinance. They should also take heed of other road users.Common cycling offences include failing to comply with traffic signs or road markings, riding on the pavement, carrying another person, carrying any animal or article which obstructs the cyclist's view, and riding without lights.  
  • Man arrested for brother’s death

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Police have arrested a 39-year-old man for allegedly killing his 36-year-old brother in Kwun Tong.The siblings’ mother called Police at about 3.17am today to report a fight between the brothers in a flat at Kui On House in Wo Lok Estate.Officers found the younger brother with head injuries and sent him to hospital, where he was certified dead.The elder brother is believed to have attacked his brother and was arrested for murder.An autopsy will be conducted.
  • 16 arrested in illegal worker blitz

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Immigration officers have arrested 16 people, including 13 illegal workers, aged 17 to 54, and three employers, aged 31 to 46, for hiring them.Officers searched 10 locations on July 16 and 17, including a recycling yard, a Chinese restaurant, clothing shops, dried seafood shops, flower shops, units under renovation and a food court.Eleven illegal workers were convicted and sentenced to two to 15 months in prison, yesterday and today.An employer was convicted to two months' imprisonment suspended for three years and fined $10,000.The remaining arrestees are still under investigation.
  • Prosecution case explained

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Department of Justice did not proceed with the prosecution case on Chan Wei-guang due to fresh evidence.It issued a statement today in response to media enquiries on the case, saying Ms Chan, who was charged with one count of theft, provided certain documents in May relevant to her defence.Police conducted further investigation into the case in the light of representations made by the complainant in June. Police submitted the latest investigation outcome to the department on July 9.The department said the Prosecution Code says a prosecutor has the duty to continually review a prosecution…
  • Israel alert raised

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Security Bureau has raised the Outbound Travel Alert for Israel to red due to the volatile security situation there.Hong Kong people intending to visit Israel should adjust their travel plans and avoid non-essential trips.Those already there should exercise caution, attend to personal safety, avoid protests and large gatherings of people, and monitor local announcements on the latest situation. Residents should also avoid all travel to Gaza and nearby areas.Hong Kong residents in Israel can call the Immigration Department on (852) 1868 or the Chinese Embassy on (972) 52-8391282.
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    news.gov.hk - Health & Community

  • CS opens lunar expo

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie Lam opened the Exhibition on China's Lunar Exploration Programme at the Science Museum today.Running until August 24, the show features 20 models and interactive exhibits explaining the accomplishments of the Chang'e-1, 2 and 3 missions, scientific knowledge related to China's lunar exploration programme, and the Moon itself.They include the lunar lander for Chang'e-3, the Yutu Lunar Rover, Long March rockets, a satellite, and simulations of the launch site.The camera pointing system for the lunar lander designed by Hong Kong Polytechnic University researchers to take…
  • Woman ill with meningococcal infection

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Centre for Health Protection is investigating a confirmed case of invasive meningococcal infection affecting a 56-year-old woman.She fell ill yesterday and was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital.She was diagnosed with a central nervous system infection, and tested positive for Neisseria meningitides. She is stable.She travelled to Shenzhen from July 12 to 13. Her home contacts are asymptomatic.This is the fourth confirmed case this year. Three cases were filed last year with four in 2012.Click here for details.
  • Free sport day set for Aug 3

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Leisure & Cultural Services Department will hold the 2014 Sport For All Day on August 3. Leisure facilities and sports programmes will be free for the public to use.Bookings can be made at all Leisure Link booking counters from 9am on July 27.For indoor leisure facilities, badminton, tennis, basketball, netball, volleyball and squash courts, table tennis and billiard tables, climbing walls, bowling greens, golf facilities, fitness rooms, a cycling track, activity rooms and dance rooms will open free.For outdoor leisure facilities, tennis and practice courts, bowling greens, batting…
  • Ovitrap index drops

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The monthly ovitrap index for June dropped to 11.7% from 12% in May, the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department announced today.The ovitrap indices reflect the prevalence of Aedes albopictus, a mosquito vector for Dengue fever transmission.Of the 44 areas surveyed last month, all recorded positive ovitrap indices ranging from 2% to 32.1%. Six areas exceeded the 20% alert level, with the highest in Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay.The monthly ovitrap index for port areas rose to 2.5% from 2.3%.The ovitrap indices and information on anti-mosquito measures are available here.
  • Encephalitis case confirmed

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Centre for Health Protection Community Medicine Consultant Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan has urged the public to take precautions against mosquito-transmitted diseases, after the year's second local Japanese encephalitis case was confirmed today.Dr Chuang told the media the case involves a 35-year-old woman who is in stable condition. She fell ill on July 4 and was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital on July 14.She lives in Shap Pat Heung, Yuen Long, and had been bitten by mosquitoes. Her home contacts are asymptomatic.The disease is caused by the Japanese encephalitis virus, transmitted by the bite of…
 
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  • CE meets Japanese delegation

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung met a Japanese Diet delegation led by its Budget Committee Chairman Toshihiro Nikai at the Chief Executive's Office today.Mr Leung said both sides enjoy close ties in economic affairs and trade, culture and tourism, adding he hopes the frequent exchanges and co-operation continue.He also encouraged Japanese enterprises to set up and expand businesses in Hong Kong, leveraging the city’s position as an international financial and trade centre.
  • Talks on CE election urged

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Government will do its best to facilitate communication on constitutional reform between the Central Government and different sectors of society, Chief Executive CY Leung said today.In advance of the Executive Council meeting, Mr Leung told reporters the Government has made arrangements for lawmakers to meet Central Government officials, for example the Shanghai trip for legislators in April.Mr Leung encouraged all sectors, irrespective of their views, to create an atmosphere conducive to constitutional reform discussion.He added that there are only five weeks left before the National…
  • CE meets space official

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung met China National Space Administration Deputy Director Zhang Jianhua at Government House today.Mr Zhang and his delegation attended the opening ceremony of the Exhibition on China's Lunar Exploration Programme at the Space Museum.Mr Leung thanked the space administration and supporting organisations for providing the exhibits, and hailed the success of its lunar exploration programme.He added he was pleased Hong Kong researchers took part in the Chang'e-3 lunar exploration programme, and hopes more local experts can participate in national scientific research.
  • LegCo prison views sought

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Government today published the Consultation Paper on Disqualification of Candidates with Unserved Prison Sentences to garner public views on the matter.The Court of First Instance in 2012 found the Legislative Council Ordinance was inconsistent with the Basic Law and the Bill of Rights.The Government then undertook to review the qualification of people with unserved prison sentences as candidates for Legislative Council elections, to consult the public on the matter, and propose any necessary changes to the electoral legislation.The Government proposes to allow an appellant who is…
  • No stance on CE selection

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Government says it has no specific stance on the Chief Executive selection method.It made the statement today in response to media enquiries on whether the National People's Congress Standing Committee will clarify whether "civic nomination" was in conformity with the Basic Law.It said it has no specific stance on the method for selecting the Chief Executive by universal suffrage in 2017, adding it is inappropriate to speculate on the committee's decision on the matter.It said the Report on the Public Consultation on the Methods for Selecting the Chief Executive in 2017 & for Forming…
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    news.gov.hk - On The Record

  • ECIC helps exporters sail through volatility

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation was established by statute in 1966 with the aim of supporting Hong Kong's export trade by providing Hong Kong exporters with insurance protection.The Government has been working hand-in-hand with the ECIC to help Hong Kong exporters sail smoothly through a dynamic and sometimes volatile world economy.There can be no doubt that export trade has all along been the cornerstone of Hong Kong's economy. The ECIC's provision of export credit insurance in supporting Hong Kong's exports and the role of Hong Kong as one of the most important…
  • Gov’t to bolster arts sector

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It is my honour to attend the opening ceremony of the Asian Youth Orchestra Rehearsal Camp, which is the 24th edition of the camp, for a second successive year.I would like to welcome and congratulate the 110 gifted young musicians who come from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It is the largest number recorded in the history of the Asian Youth Orchestra. Each orchestra member was selected through a very competitive audition process that drew from more than 800 candidates. I am delighted to learn that 15 of them are…
  • First step to universal suffrage

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Task Force on Constitutional Development headed by me has submitted its consultation report to the Chief Executive. The Chief Executive has just made a report to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, inviting it to decide whether the methods for selecting the Chief Executive in 2017 and for forming the Legislative Council in 2016 should be amended. This is the first step which formally kick-started the “Five-step Process” of constitutional development.During the consultation, we appealed to the people of Hong Kong to have dialogue with us and highlighted the…
  • Authority rolls out housing blueprint

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Undoubtedly, the most important development on housing policy in the recent period is the formulation of the long term housing strategy initiated by the Government.  It will be the first long term housing strategy to be formulated by the Government since 1998.An extensive and in-depth discussion process had been initiated by the Government with a view to gauging public's views. First of all, the long term housing strategy steering committee was established in September 2012.  Subsequently, the long term housing strategy steering committee held 11 meetings and conducted a three-month public…
  • HK Tramways grows with time

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    To those who were born and brought up in Hong Kong like me, the tram is indeed part of our lives - "We All Grow Up with Ding-ding". In operation since 1904, the tramway has all along been an important player in the daily commute on Hong Kong Island. It has been, and will continue to be, part of our heritage and collective memory.The tramway has grown with our city. It started with a small fleet of 26 tramcars. Today, it boasts a much bigger fleet of over 160 double-deck tramcars, the largest in the world. Every day, about a fifth of a million of our public transport trips are made on the…
 
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  • Hong Kong Stocks May Extend Losing Streak

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:42 am
    The Hong Kong stock market has closed lower now in three straight sessions, falling almost 140 points or 0.6 percent along the way. The Hang Seng Index finished just below the 23,390-point plateau, ...
  • Talks on CE election urged

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    The Government will do its best to facilitate communication on constitutional reform between the Central Government and different sectors of society, Chief Executive CY Leung said today. ? In ...
  • Safe cycling campaign to launch

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    The Police will launch a week-long city-wide campaign tomorrow, to promote safe cycling and take stringent actions against cycling offences. ? Cyclists must obey all traffic laws which apply to ...
  • Man arrested for brother’s death

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    Police have arrested a 39-year-old man for allegedly killing his 36-year-old brother in Kwun Tong. ? The siblings' mother called Police at about 3.17am today to report a fight between the ...
  • A visit to Hong Kong Museum of History

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:33 am
    Located next to the Hong Kong Science Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Museum of History is a museum which preserves Hong Kong's historical and cultural ...
 
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  • Popular vocal group to perform

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Local a-cappella group Orange will perform three concerts in August as part of the Leisure & Cultural Services Department’s International Arts Carnival.They will combine innovative a-cappella styles with percussion, movement and theatrics to perform a wide-ranging repertoire of original songs and covers.Established in 2009, Orange has toured in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, the Mainland and Macau. It has been invited to perform in arts festivals and other major events and collaborated with world-renowned violinist Jue Yao and local artists such as Elisa Chan, Frances Yip, Louie Castro,…
  • Summer reading month launches

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Summer Reading Month 2014 kicked off today at the Hong Kong Central Library alongside a thematic children's exhibition, The Earth & I: Sustainable Development.The event aims to encourage children to cherish the earth's resources for a better future through colourful exhibits such as 3-D installations of a greenhouse, a washing machine and an imitation tram station.The Summer Reading Month programme, featuring family activities and workshops, aims to encourage parent-child reading during the summer vacation and to make use of library resources.A prize presentation ceremony for the…
  • New items on show at Bruce Lee expo

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Leisure & Cultural Services Department will launch special programmes tomorrow at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and introduce new items to its Bruce Lee: Kung Fu • Art • Life thematic exhibition.Launched in July last year, the five-year exhibition features more than 600 relics related to Lee for visitors to learn about his life story, his martial-arts philosophy and his ambitions.To mark the exhibition's first anniversary, the museum will introduce 12 new sets of exhibits and graphic displays including Lee's own manuscripts analysing his persona in the film Enter the Dragon, the…
  • Funerary pottery on display

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Museum of History will hold an exhibition featuring 76 sets of burial pottery from the Western Han to the Southern Dynasties, from tomorrow until September 25. Exhibits include model houses, granaries, wells, stoves, and boat and animal figurines, which reflect the assimilation of the Yue and Han cultures in the Lingnan region.Admission is free. Click here for details.
  • Music course applications open

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Leisure & Cultural Services Department Music Office Outreach Music Interest Courses are open for application until July 25, providing more than 100 Chinese and Western musical instrument courses and music workshops.Conducted in Cantonese, the courses will be held from September to January.In addition to the regular works and interest courses, there are two new courses for this term. One is Choir Training & Management, which introduces the basic choral training techniques, voice classification, audition and concert arrangements, and development of a choir.The other is the Choral…
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  • Consumer prices up 3.6%

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Overall consumer prices rose 3.6% year-on-year in June, compared to 3.7% in May, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.Netting out the effects of all Government one-off relief measures, the underlying inflation rate was 3.4%, compared to 3.5% in May.Year-on-year increases were recorded for alcohol and tobacco (7.8%); housing (4.8%); meals bought away from home (4.7%); food (excluding meals bought away from home) (3.4%); miscellaneous services (3%); electricity, gas and water (2.4%); transport (2.4%); clothing and footwear (2%), and miscellaneous goods (1.9%).A year-on-year…
  • Fourth iBond to launch

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The fourth inflation-linked retail bond, or iBond, will be available for subscription by Hong Kong residents from July 23.The maximum size of the fourth iBond issuance will be $10 billion.It will have a three-year tenor and bond holders will be paid interest every six months at a rate linked to inflation in Hong Kong, subject to a minimum rate of 1%.The subscription period ends July 31.Hong Kong residents can apply through any of the placing banks, securities brokers or the Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company.The iBond will be issued on August 11 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange…
  • HK-Macau meeting held

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John Tsang and Macau Secretary for Economy & Finance Tam Pak-yuen co-chaired the Seventh Hong Kong Macau Co-operation High Level Meeting in Macau today.The two sides reviewed co-operation work and achievements made in the past year, and discussed work directions for the coming year.Mr Tsang said Hong Kong and Macau already have close ties on various fronts, adding he looks forward to deepening co-operation.On cross-boundary infrastructure, major works of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge are making steady progress. Both sides agreed to press ahead with construction and…
  • Better business situation forecast

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Quarterly Business Tendency Survey has found 17% of the senior management of 560 prominent companies expect their business situation to improve this quarter over the second quarter.Releasing the survey results today, the Census & Statistics Department said 11% of respondents expect the business situation to worsen.The proportion of respondents expecting their business situation to remain unchanged increased from 69% to 72%.Analysed by sector, significantly more respondents in the financing and insurance, and information and communications sectors had a favourable Q3 business…
  • Alert issued on bogus website

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Monetary Authority has issued an alert on a suspected fraudulent website www.rolfmuller.net, which is operated by an alleged "Rolf Muller", claiming it has an offshore banking division in Hong Kong.The authority said "Rolf Muller" is not authorised to conduct banking business or take deposits in Hong Kong, nor does it have the approval to establish a local representative office.The case has been referred to Police.Anyone who has provided personal information to the website or conducted financial transactions through it should contact Police on 2860 5012.
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  • Pollution advisory issued

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department has advised people to reduce physical exertion and outdoor activities due to higher than normal pollution levels.At 4pm today the Air Quality Health Index in Yuen Long, Tai Po, Tuen Mun, Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung reached 10+ while most stations were at 9 or above.The health risk categories were "Very High" or "Serious".The Hong Kong Observatory said the weather will remain very hot tomorrow under the influence of Typhoon Matmo, until a southerly airstream bringing showers arrives later this week. Pollution is expected to remain high until…
  • 19 pollution convictions recorded

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department recorded 19 convictions for pollution offences in June.Eight were for air pollution, four for noise and seven for waste disposal offences.The heaviest fine handed down in the month was $50,000, assessed against a company that used powered mechanical equipment without a valid construction noise permit.
  • Glass recycling reaches milestone

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The number of glass-bottle collection points at housing estates has reached 600, the Environmental Protection Department announced today.The department set up 151 new glass bottle collection points from April to June, bringing the total to 600, including 57 government quarters, 81 public rental housing estates and 462 private housing estates.The department plans to have 1,000 collection points by the end of the year, providing a foundation for the future glass-beverage-bottle charging scheme.It urges the public to recycle glass bottles and adopt the "recycle clean" practice, which entails…
  • 15 beaches rated 'good'

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department has rated water quality at 15 beaches ‘good’ for this weekend, with 18 ‘fair’ and six ‘poor’.Compared to last week, Chung Hom Kok, Shek O, Trio and Turtle Cove Beaches rose from fair to good, Discovery Bay dropped from good to fair, and Cafeteria Old and Kadoorie Beaches dropped from fair to poor.The department said the changes are generally within the normal fluctuation range of the beaches' bacteriological water quality.Click here for details.
  • Dual-fuel taxis get exemptions

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Owners of taxis that can run on both petrol and liquefied petroleum gas who are seeking first registration will be granted exemptions from the requirements of being powered by either fuel.To qualify for the exemption, dual-fuel taxis will have to comply with Euro V emission standards and requirements on gas safety, noise and roadworthiness for first registration.The Environmental Protection Department said new generation vehicles provide more choices for the taxi industry, reducing adverse effects on the environment.
 
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  • Hong Kong Hikes Top 5

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    We review the Dragon's Back hike in Hong Kong as part of our top five Hong Kong hikes series. Page 2.
  • Are There Triads in Hong Kong

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Many visitors are worried about triads in Hong Kong. We look at the current situation and address what tourists need to know about triads in Hong Kong.
  • Is Hong Kong Part of China? Unraveling the...

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    What country is Hong Kong in, you’ll hear the city is its own city country, that its part of China and, for those who’ve been sleeping for the past ten years, a colony of Britain. From laws and politics to borders and visas, we tell you exactly what country Hong Kong is in.
  • Hong Kong Heritage Museum - Discover the Past

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Hong Kong Heritage Museum is the biggest museum in the territory, and has had praise heaped on it since opening. Charting the history of the local area as well as a host of other exhibits, Hong Kong heritage museum is a must-visit. Find out all about the museum in our review.
  • What's Best Way to Travel from Hong Kong to...

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    The best way to travel from Hong Kong to Shenzhen is by using the MTR subway. Our step by step guide to travelling by subway from Hong Kong to Shenzhen covers the where, when and how much.
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  • Canadian Social Insurance Number

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    I obtained a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN) for my son today in Ottawa. Along the way, I learned a few things that could be helpful for parents in a similar situation. First, a little background. I have lived outside Canada for more than two decades and my son was born outside Canada. He needs a SIN to apply to attend a Canadian university. I called the Canadian government hotline (1 800 OCanada) and was told that I could apply for my son’s SIN without my son being present. That’s true. What the helpful lady on the phone didn’t tell me is that because I have been out…
  • Going Global

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    The launch of Landed Global has begun. On July 8, I had the pleasure of speaking at a lunch that was jointly organized by the Canadian and the American chambers of commerce in Hong Kong. Nearly 40 guests attended the event. The joint Canadian and American chambers of commerce event on July 8, 2014 This morning I was interviewed on RTHK Radio 3′s finance program, Money For Nothing. You can listen to the interview here.  
  • Joint chambers of commerce lunch

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:33 pm
    I am speaking about buying international property at a lunch jointly organized by the Canadian and American chambers of commerce on July 8.
  • Landed Global Arrives

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Hot off the press! The latest addition to the Landed series, Landed Global, has arrived from the printers. Landed Global provides the key facts and insights you need to successfully buy property across international borders. Written in a clear, easy-to-understand style, the new book includes a wealth of practical information, with examples and data from more than 110 countries and territories. Landed Global will soon be available from Amazon. A Kindle version is now in production.
  • Hong Kong press freedom march

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    2 Mar 2014 | 1:13 am
    A great turnout for the press freedom march today, despite cool temperatures and a sprinkling of rain. People remained calm and up-beat, despite a route that included several bottlenecks. More about the march and the attack on former Ming Pao editor Kevin Lau here Speeches in front of the Hong Kong government offices Lufsig is hung in effigy. Here’s an explanationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lufsig The escalator across Queensway was one of several choke points on the protest route. The Hong Kong flag in black and white symbolized people’s despair
 
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  • Not being ripped off (for once)

    Chris
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Hooray.  Expansys Hong Kong are selling the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition for the equivalent of $225.  This is a great price for a tablet that was being sold on Google Play (in US) for $349, and it's the same price as in the US. Googe Play Hong Kong still has Nexus devices at much higher than US prices, with no sign that this policy will change.  Whereas Apple charge the same (high) price in Hong Kong as in the US 
  • WhatsApp - harvesting phone numbers

    Chris
    16 Jun 2014 | 9:50 pm
    I sometimes get WhatsApp message that have been sent to hundreds of different Hong Kong phone numbers.  It appears that these are sent so that when they get a response they know that the phone number is active.  Cue even more annoying junk sales calls. I did a Google search but I can’t find any information about this.  So does anyone know whether the sender already has the confirmation (that the number is active) when the message is shown as delivered?  Does it matter whether you exit the group (which definitely sends a confirmation message)? Why doesn’t WhatsApp allow me to simply…
  • Might not cause eye strain

    Chris
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    Another stoopid letter in the SCMP: E-readers might result in eye strain Some correspondents have commented on the benefits of e-reading. I agree with those who argue that it can revive people's interest in literature. However, I think there are some disadvantages to intensive reading of books and other material on these devices. You can spend too long reading books on these screens and suffer eye strain. Also, people on low incomes cannot afford the e-reader, and find it cheaper to purchase a novel. Andy Lai Chin-pang , Tai Wai He must surely mean a Kindle  or Nook e-reader, the whole…
  • Football insanity index (sacked managers edition)

    Chris
    26 Apr 2014 | 3:23 am
    There have been ten managerial changes since the start of the current Premier League season. 9 out of 10 of the people appointed had zero management experience in the Premier League.  One had managed in the Championship, and three had managed elsewhere in Europe - but of them,  only Felix Magath had real experience in a top league.  So which of them have been successful? Tony Pulis, obviously, the one of the ten who had previously managed in the Premier League (he has a 48% win rate at Palace).  It’s too early to make a fair judgement on Felix Magath, but he seems to be doing a decent…
  • Puzzling

    Chris
    7 Mar 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Good work…a puzzle on the front page of The Guardian website: Yes, OK, it’s their beta site, but that was made publicly available several weeks ago.
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  • striking

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:29 am
    Right now I wish that I had the ability to share the imagery of what is going on around me. Our office building has been surrounded by lightning bolts, and I imagine that some of them have hit the lightning rods on the roof. It is an awesome sight to behold.I hope that everyone is safe and dry.
  • Fran didn't like dogs

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    “Pets should be disallowed by law. Especially dogs. Especially in New York City. I have not infrequently verbalized this sentiment in what now passes for polite society, and have invariably been the recipient of the information that even if dogs should be withheld from the frivolous, there would still be the blind and the pathologically lonely to think of. I am not totally devoid of compassion, and after much thought I believe that I have hit upon the perfect solution to this problem—let the lonely lead the blind.”                   …
  • regular baths and exercise

    20 Jul 2014 | 11:18 pm
    While I'm not inactive, I have been known to drag my feet about exercising in the summer. It's just so hot and humid outside while there are air conditioning and iced drinks to be had indoors. SB and I will engage in a stream hikes every few weeks along with the sporadic swim, but that's about it until August and rugby season starts up again.Now that we have dogs, things have changed. We have responsibilities and running the pups is a welcome obligation. Before, a hike would be an all day event but now we have been enjoying shorter trips with less risk of falling off some cliff face. We…
  • too big to fathom

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    It was a surreal feeling, reading the first news story last night. Sadly, it was not the first time that I had this feeling. When the first story broke on my news page, my immediate reaction was to think (hope) that it was a sick joke. Then the feeling of dread sunk in, followed by horror.Fifteen years ago I watched a series of practically incomprehensible events unfold. First the shock of a plane flying into the World Trade Center. Then the compounded shock of a second plane flying into the second tower, followed immediately by a dawning horror that encompassed multiple thoughts rushing into…
  • HSBC, are you serious?!

    16 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    I  previously posted my problems with receiving a barrage of telemarketing calls during my work day, only to call back the number and discover that the caller was HSBC. Color me naive but I would not have thought that a major corporation like HSBC would support harassing people into buying their services. Almost all of the people calling me didn't speak English and hung up on me, or behaved rudely as I mentioned in a previous post. After complaining to HSBC's customer service, filling out a non-contact form, and being assured that this would end the constant calling, I felt that this was…
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    ulaca

  • Ukrainian Rebels Explain Shooting Down of MH17

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
                                                Because it was there
  • Webb’s World

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    There isn’t a lot about which David M Webb can talk without sounding as if he knows quite a lot about it. He was in sparkling form recently on RTHK in a performance where he deftly combined roles of shareholder activist, political commentator, scourge of the Jockey Club and master of the one-liner. Much of the credit, it should be said, must go to the interviewer, Stephen Davies, who, unlike some one might mention, seemed genuinely more interested in what his subject had to say than in what he could bring to the table by way of inane interruption and obtuse preachifying. Hitting the ground…
  • United We Stand

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    Karl Popper wrote in Conjectures and Refutations that "Classes never rule, any more than nations. The rulers are always certain persons. And whatever class they may have belonged to, when they are rulers they belong to the ruling class." And human rulers have one characteristic above all others - the desire to keep being rulers. Which, in a nutshell, is why those who are ruled require - for their safety and sanity, not to mention the establishment of the conditions to attain their full potential - the broadest possible representation in the political process. Whether lying down on the road is…
  • Out of the Mouths of the Beeb and Suckers Comes Perfect Praise

    10 Jul 2014 | 12:37 am
    Bleeding-heart liberals from Woking (and I thought only Italians lived in the ugly Surrey railway town) have been on their high horses after Steve Wilson, a BBC football commentator, referred to the German national song as “Deutschland über alles” (Germany over everything! – note, not “everyone”). If it’s any consolation to Wilson, the verse in which these magnificent revolutionary (and indeed humanistic) sentiments are expressed was part of the national anthem when West Germany, as it then was, last won the World Cup in 1990. My favourite, though, is the second verse – also…
  • Nurture your Own Bloody Solutions

    8 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    Honestly, I don't know why I still bank with them. People who have their crappy "Advance" account (I'm told you need to keep an average balance of HK$200,000 to qualify for this privilege) tell me that they never bother queuing in the dedicated "Advance" line, as it's always quicker to queue up with the plebs. And then today, because my local branch doesn't stock foreign currency (it is a bank, after all - what else should you expect?), I had to train it to Mong Kok to get some Thai Baht. As I was waiting, what should pollute my sight but a giant poster emblazoned with the slogan "We nurture…
 
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    Fred Boot

  • Mon Oncle Benjamin (4) – Une BD inédite

    Fred Boot
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
    Chers lecteurs, enfin le voici : le quatrième épisode de Mon Oncle Benjamin. Avec un invité : François Corbier ! Normal que le plus grand des chansonniers actuels fasse une apparition dans la BD la plus cool du moment, non ? Je tiens encore une fois à le remercier pour sa gentillesse. Il est possible de soutenir la réalisation de cette BD en versant chaque mois un micro-don de 0,73 euros (1 dollar américain). Ce don automatisé peut être stoppé à tout moment si vous changez d’avis. Tout se passe ici: http://www.patreon.com/fredboot . Bonne lecture, et à dans quelques jours…
  • Pif et Vaillant : le film !

    Fred Boot
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Salut les djeun’z ! Je sais, je suis plutôt absent ici pour cause de boulot qui paie. Laissez-moi vous parler rapidement d’un projet génial. Jean-Luc Muller et sa petite équipe préparent un documentaire sur deux magazines qui ont bercé pas mal d’enfances dans not’ beau pays d’France : Pif Gadget et Vaillant ! Cherchez pas : sans Pif, pas de Fred Boot. Sans Fred Boot, pas de sauvetage de la Terre en 2093. C’est aussi simple que cela. Jean-Luc est un garçon épatant que le petit monde des pifophiles connaît bien. Voici 4 ans qu’il travaille sur…
  • Un français à Hong Kong – BD

    Fred Boot
    21 May 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Tiens, vu que je suis pas mal occupé en ce moment, je poste une vieillerie de 2011 ou 2012 sur laquelle je suis retombé ce matin. The post Un français à Hong Kong – BD appeared first on Fred Boot.
  • Micro-mécénat dans le Dernier Blog

    Fred Boot
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Dernièrement, Jean-Noël Lafargue dans son Dernier blog a parlé de micro-mécénat, et plus précisément de Patreon. Avec en prime une petite citation de Mon Oncle Benjamin ! C’est ici : http://hyperbate.fr/dernier/?p=30036 The post Micro-mécénat dans le Dernier Blog appeared first on Fred Boot.
  • Mon Oncle Benjamin (3) – Une BD inédite

    Fred Boot
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Chers lecteurs, voici le troisième épisode de Mon Oncle Benjamin, une adaptation en bande dessinée du roman de Claude Tillier transposé dans les années 60 en Normandie. Si vous prenez le train en marche, les premier et second épisodes sont lisibles sur ce site. Il est possible de soutenir la réalisation de cette BD en versant chaque mois un micro-don de 0,72 euros (1 dollar américain). Ce don automatisé peut être stoppé à tout moment si vous changez d’avis. Sachez que cette petite somme peut s’avérer au final d’une aide inestimable, le but est d’avoir de…
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    跑馬地 - The Valley

  • Tagus Residences (2), Happy Valley, Hong Kong

    Paul B
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With deflated balloons and withering wreaths of flowers, it looks like I missed the opening party at Tagus Residences. Perhaps my invitation was lost in the mail? Not to worry at least we can work out who else might have attended."To Dr. Chan, Tagus Properties Limited, Congratulations from AID Partners Capital Ltd, Kelvin Wu, Joel Chang, Gilbert Ho & Bennet Cheng"  I guess by Dr. Chan they mean Dr. Ina Chan Un Chan, (陳婉珍) 3rd wife of one of Asia's richest guys: Dr. Stanley Ho. And, its hard to believe they would need any capital as the family is mega rich. Spreading the…
  • Hui Family Association - 許氏宗親會

    Paul B
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    I must have passed this sign (attached to Race Course Mansion) a thousand times but could never work out what it was. I finally got around to translating it recently. Here goes;氏宗親會 / hoy see jung charn woyWhere;許 / hoy: family name氏 / see: surname宗 / jung: Ancestor; colony; sect親 / charn: relative會 / woy: club; association;So I guess its the Hui/Hoy family and relatives ancestral association? There must be dozens of these associations in Hong Kong so its probably worth the effort to learn the characters. 
  • Zen Too, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong - 小 蝶

    Paul B
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:41 pm
    It always bugged me having to wait in line at Times Square to get up to the restaurants above the mall. I'm happy to see another tower of restaurants has opened nearby with more lifts and less need to line up. Midtown - Soundwill Plaza II is around the corner on Tang Lung Street and seems to be dedicated to restaurants. Today we tried out a Chinese restaurant: Zen Too on the 8th Floor.The decoration is impressive and the place was buzzing with a well dressed local crowd. I liked the menu with nice hand-painted drawings of some of the funky dishes on offer. We ordered a few dim-sum dishes…
  • Tagus Residences, 8 Ventris Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

    Paul B
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:53 pm
    A sign appears on the new building at the end of Ventris Road (corner of Broadwood Road and opposite Saint Margaret's church). It looks like this building is going to be named Targus Residences. Tagus is also the name of a river which runs through the Iberian peninsular and drains into the Atlantic Ocean near Lisbon. I guess there is a Portuguese/Macanese connection in the ownership of this building?They cleverly choose number eight as the street address - lucky of course! I saw the fridges being delivered the other day - smeg fl227p units - energy efficient but quite small. It looks like…
  • 18 Ventris Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, Part 2

    Paul B
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:22 pm
    A big white envelope arrives from Cushman & Wakefield today. They cunningly address it to "Attn: The Owner / The Occupant" to bypass my  No Circular Mail sticker. Inside is a color brochure extolling the virtues of the vacant site at 18 Ventris Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.I made a guess at the offer price in an earlier post but this brochure adds a few more snippets of information;Maximum redevelopment GFA: 4,455 sf (based on a plot ratio of 3.6) * subject to government approvalLot Number: The remaining portion of Inland Lot Number 2758So, time to make another guesstimate of the…
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    ButterBoom

  • Calvin Klein’s Preppy Swimwear Collection

    Roxanne Wentworth
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Bet you didn’t know Calvin Klein has a new swimwear range? Well, we’re letting you know because we like what we see. In keeping with the ... SEE MORE This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Balenciaga’s In-Vogue Le Dix Backpack

    Roxanne Wentworth
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Balenciaga Le Dix Backpack is ideal for both carrying on vacation and shopping. It has an elongated shape with two straps and is just big ... SEE MORE This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Models Luca Gadjus and Eva Padberg in Tommy Hilfiger

    Roxanne Wentworth
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Being surrounded by the finest fashion as part of your job (not to mention all those freebies!) means models really do have some of the best ... SEE MORE This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Net-A-Porter Launches New Sportswear Category Net-A-Sporter

    SC
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Throw out your ratty gym clothes and get fashionable the next time you break a sweat with Net-A-Sporter, Net-A-Porter’s sportswear category. Offering a multitude of sports ... SEE MORE This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Mama Shelter, Paris: Designer Hotel without a Designer Price Tag

    SC
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    Located off the beaten-track in eastern Paris, boutique hotel Mama Shelter offers frequent travellers a très cool respite in reasonably priced (for Paris) guest rooms designed ... SEE MORE This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
 
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    Hong Kong Travel Blog

  • Weird Queuing Culture of Hong Kong

    10 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    In Hong Kong, people queue to buy all kinds of everything – houses, stocks, LV or Prada. Some people queue to buy these expensive or luxury items to speculate. What about queuing to buy cookies? When someone told me that people queue in Tsimshatsui to buy cookies and speculate for money, I was really unable to believe. This is the weirdest thing I ever heard. How much money people can make out of speculating cookies?When I first pass by this shop with a queue of about 100 people, it made me wanted to find out what they were queuing for.  Cookies.  In fact, these are not…
  • City of Demonstration – Hong Kong

    2 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Hong Kong dominates the headlines of most media worldwide today. July 1, the date of the establishment of the HKSAR, has been an important date for demonstrators in Hong Kong since 1997.If you want to visit Hong Kong to see something which is REALLY UNIQUE here, July 1 is a good date.  However you have to be SERIOUSLY responsible for your own safety.  Look for some safe places or book a hotel along Hennessy Roadand request a room overseeing the Hennessy Road.  I would say this is the safest way.  But mind you, you won’t be able to leave the hotel between 2 and 9pm, as…
  • Hong Kong Police 170 years Anniversary

    8 Jun 2014 | 4:11 am
    Exhibition Marks Force's 170th Anniversary The Hong Kong Police Force 170th Anniversary Exhibition will be held at the former Wan Chai Police Station on three consecutive weekends - May 31, June 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 from 10am to 6pm.It features police uniforms and equipment from different eras, and awards handed out to commend force members for serving the community. The former Wan Chai Police Station report room and the officers' mess have been restored to their original condition. Vintage and serving police motorcycles are displayed at the compound for photo-taking and the…
  • Hong Kong Chinese New Year Weather

    18 Jan 2014 | 6:34 am
    If you want to find how the Hong Kong Chinese New Year weather is, you probably want to visit Hong Kong to experience the New Year atmosphere here. If that’s the case, I have something interesting to tell. Statistics indicates every three Chinese New Year (CNY), two of them fall on February. In the past ten years (2004-2013), there were 6 CNYs fall on February. Going through the internet, it’s easy to find some general information about Hong Kong weather in February, such as cool, dry, sunny, etc., easily accessed information that I don’t want to repeat here. But weather is…
  • Dog Parking at Stanley

    1 Jan 2014 | 6:15 am
    Stanley is a good place for dog lovers to walk their dogs.  On weekends or holidays, you can treat this place as a mini dog show.Today is the New Year Day of 2014.  To avoid the marching crowd in the city, I come over to Stanley and spend an afternoon here for a leisure walk and take some dog photos.As there are many dog lovers in this area, there are many related services here - dog hotel, dog grooming, dog doctor, dog training...dog everything, including dog parking.  Dog owners just park their dogs outside the supermarket, and pick them up after shopping.Dog owners can…
 
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    Hong Kong Travel - What's New?

  • Registration Open for the 2014 Hong Kong Triathlon Asian Cup

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:08 am
    Hong Kong's signature International Triathlon is returning this 25 & 26 October 2014. The Hong Kong ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup is getting a shake-up. 2014 will see some changes in the course as well as a new event organiser. We're looking forward to welcoming you back to this premier event where recreational triathletes can rub shoulders with age-groupers and professionals. Challenge yourself with a distance that suits you and afterwards enjoy mingling with spectators and other athletes in the festival grounds. So get your goggles and trainers out, start your preparation and we will see you on…
  • How to Eat Dim Sum

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    How to Eat Dim Sum: you need lots of friends and a big appetite, here's a picture guide and tips on enjoying Hong Kong's tea and dumpling tradition.
  • Hong Kong Food

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    A guide to Hong Kong food, Dim Sum brunches, seafood villages, dai pai dongs, floating restaurants, from Michelin stars to street food stalls...
  • The Pandas are Here! All 1600 of them! When and Where to See Them?

    11 Jun 2014 | 4:11 am
    What exactly is 1,600 Pandas in Hong Kong? This is an exhibit created by French artist and sculptor Paulo Grangeon upon invitation by the World Wildlife Fund. The exhibit consists of 1,600 paper mache panda bears on a worldwide tour. They will be staging Flahs Mobs at Hong Kong's top attractions prior to parking themselves at their Main Exhibit from June 25 to July 17, 2014. Next chance to see them: This Saturday June 14, 2014 at the Clock Tower at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza, Tsim Sha Tsui from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Hong Kong July 1st Celebrations: the 17th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong SAR

    6 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    This year's Hong Kong July 1st celebrations to commemorate the 17th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HK SAR include the Flag Raising Ceremony, a Grand Sea, Land and Sky Parade and Festival and a series of Carnivals and fairs throughout HK's 18 districts.
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