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  • Senior pay rise broached

    news.gov.hk - Admin & Civic Affairs
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries & Conditions of Service submitted its report on the Civil Service Pay Level Survey 2013 to the Chief Executive today, suggesting a salary rise for senior civil servants from this month.Pay data from 128 private sector organisations was collected to match with 162 civil service benchmark jobs in 59 grades.The survey indicated the lower grades ranging from job level 1 to 4 are broadly comparable. However, those at job level 5 are 8% lower than their counterparts.An upward adjustment was suggested for grade 5, while other grades remain…
  • HK Protest: Anti-Occupy bloc seeks support to end protests

    Hong Kong News
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    As harried Hong Kongers go about their business in the Central financial district on a Monday afternoon, they are accosted by grey-haired men and women. Wearing a smile and cheery red polo shirts, the elderly folk urge passers-by to spare a minute to sign their names.
  • 9 illegal workers arrested

    news.gov.hk - Law & Order
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Immigration and Police officers arrested nine illegal Mainland workers in the New Territories yesterday for breaching their conditions of stay.Two men and seven women aged 29 to 60 were arrested on Lok Ma Chau Road, Castle Peak Road - San Tin, and Kwu Tung Road.They are believed to have been involved in parallel goods trading of milk powder, wine, baby food, skincare products, electronic thermometers, cosmetics and snacks.
  • Ice cream fails safety check

    news.gov.hk - Health & Community
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A Causeway Bay ice cream vendor faces prosecution after a sample of ice cream was found to contain excessive bacteria and coliform.Centre for Food Safety tests showed the total bacterial count of the sample was 9.3 million per gram and the coliform count was 3,900 per gram.Under the Frozen Confections Regulation, each gram of frozen confection for sale should not contain more than 50,000 bacteria or more than 100 coliform organisms. The maximum penalty for offenders is a fine of $10,000 and three months' imprisonment.The centre said test results indicated the vendor's hygiene conditions were…
  • City life beyond business

    news.gov.hk - On The Record
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John TsangI would like to share with you about Hong Kong, beginning with politics. I am sure that you are all quite well aware, protests have occupied over the past month our days and nights, our streets and roads, as well as all of our lives in Hong Kong. We are doing our best right now to bridge the differences that exist in our community. We are working hard to create a consensus rooted in our constitution. And I am confident that today's differences will help us realise a better tomorrow in Hong Kong.This evening, please allow me to put aside business and put aside…
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  • Senior pay rise broached

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries & Conditions of Service submitted its report on the Civil Service Pay Level Survey 2013 to the Chief Executive today, suggesting a salary rise for senior civil servants from this month.Pay data from 128 private sector organisations was collected to match with 162 civil service benchmark jobs in 59 grades.The survey indicated the lower grades ranging from job level 1 to 4 are broadly comparable. However, those at job level 5 are 8% lower than their counterparts.An upward adjustment was suggested for grade 5, while other grades remain…
  • Ice cream fails safety check

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A Causeway Bay ice cream vendor faces prosecution after a sample of ice cream was found to contain excessive bacteria and coliform.Centre for Food Safety tests showed the total bacterial count of the sample was 9.3 million per gram and the coliform count was 3,900 per gram.Under the Frozen Confections Regulation, each gram of frozen confection for sale should not contain more than 50,000 bacteria or more than 100 coliform organisms. The maximum penalty for offenders is a fine of $10,000 and three months' imprisonment.The centre said test results indicated the vendor's hygiene conditions were…
  • 1 bank remains closed

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One bank branch remained temporarily closed as at 8am today, while ATM services have largely resumed.Two branches of two banks also shortened their business hours.The Monetary Authority advised customers to pay attention to bank announcements regarding affected branches and ATMs.It will also publish updates on its website.
  • Law flouted at protest sites

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Police are concerned about people in protest areas not abiding by the law.Police Public Relations Branch Senior Superintendent Kong Man-keung told a press briefing today that some protesters openly deny their legal liability, claiming they have not breached any laws.He said no-one is above the law, and the illegal behaviour in protest areas is eroding the rule of law.Speaking on allegations about Police using excessive force, Mr Kong said officers follow stringent guidelines and will only use the minimum force required.Police have received 1,375 complaints related to the Occupy Central…
  • City life beyond business

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John TsangI would like to share with you about Hong Kong, beginning with politics. I am sure that you are all quite well aware, protests have occupied over the past month our days and nights, our streets and roads, as well as all of our lives in Hong Kong. We are doing our best right now to bridge the differences that exist in our community. We are working hard to create a consensus rooted in our constitution. And I am confident that today's differences will help us realise a better tomorrow in Hong Kong.This evening, please allow me to put aside business and put aside…
 
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  • 9 illegal workers arrested

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Immigration and Police officers arrested nine illegal Mainland workers in the New Territories yesterday for breaching their conditions of stay.Two men and seven women aged 29 to 60 were arrested on Lok Ma Chau Road, Castle Peak Road - San Tin, and Kwu Tung Road.They are believed to have been involved in parallel goods trading of milk powder, wine, baby food, skincare products, electronic thermometers, cosmetics and snacks.
  • Law flouted at protest sites

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Police are concerned about people in protest areas not abiding by the law.Police Public Relations Branch Senior Superintendent Kong Man-keung told a press briefing today that some protesters openly deny their legal liability, claiming they have not breached any laws.He said no-one is above the law, and the illegal behaviour in protest areas is eroding the rule of law.Speaking on allegations about Police using excessive force, Mr Kong said officers follow stringent guidelines and will only use the minimum force required.Police have received 1,375 complaints related to the Occupy Central…
  • 310 arrested during protests

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Police have arrested 310 people since the Occupy Central protest started on September 26, and 64 officers have been injured.Police Public Relations Branch Chief Superintendent Steve Hui told the media today the arrests were for unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct, assault, criminal damage, resisting arrest, assault and obstructing police.He said the prolonged occupation of roads is an outright breach of the law, and urged protest organisers to end the blockade.Although there have been no large-scale confrontations in occupied areas in recent days, there are still daily occurrences of crime…
  • Woman arrested for drug trafficking

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Customs officers arrested a 24-year-old woman and seized 2kg of ketamine worth $238,000 at Lok Ma Chau today.Officers stopped the woman as she arrived through the Lok Ma Chau Control Point this morning and found the drugs in her bag.She was charged with trafficking and will appear at Fanling Magistracy tomorrow.
  • Excessive force complaint probed

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Complaints Against Police Office has launched an investigation into claims of police officers using unnecessary force.Secretary for Security TK Lai told the Legislative Council today the inquiry will be handled in a fair and impartial manner.A dedicated special investigation team is handling the case and the seven officers involved have been interdicted.During its investigation CAPO will seek Department of Justice advice.The investigation report will be submitted to the Independent Police Complaints Council for examination.
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  • Ice cream fails safety check

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A Causeway Bay ice cream vendor faces prosecution after a sample of ice cream was found to contain excessive bacteria and coliform.Centre for Food Safety tests showed the total bacterial count of the sample was 9.3 million per gram and the coliform count was 3,900 per gram.Under the Frozen Confections Regulation, each gram of frozen confection for sale should not contain more than 50,000 bacteria or more than 100 coliform organisms. The maximum penalty for offenders is a fine of $10,000 and three months' imprisonment.The centre said test results indicated the vendor's hygiene conditions were…
  • Support service invites applications

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Integrated Support Service for Persons with Severe Physical Disabilities will be launched on November 1 and applications will be accepted until January 31 next year, the Social Welfare Department announced today.The service aims to provide support for those with severe physical disabilities, including nursing care, rehabilitation training, personal care and carer support services.People who depend on respiratory support medical equipment, or those with tetraplegia living in the community are invited to apply.The service provides eligible applicants with two cash assistance programmes -…
  • 18 pools heated all winter

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Heated swimming facilities will be provided all winter at 18 public swimming pools, the Leisure & Cultural Services Department announced today.Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Morrison Hill, Island East, Siu Sai Wan, Lai Chi Kok Park, Kowloon Park, Tai Kok Tsui, Ho Man Tin, Hammer Hill Road, Lam Tin, Tung Chung, Tuen Mun North West, Yuen Long, Ping Shan Tin Shui Wai, Shing Mun Valley, Sha Tin Jockey Club, Hin Tin, and Tseung Kwan O swimming pools will be heated from November 1 to March 31.Six other heated pools will be closed during certain periods in winter for annual maintenance. They are…
  • Oil safety laws planned

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Food & Health Bureau is considering forming regulations to ensure edible oil safety by requiring importers, sellers and producers to provide an official certificate issued by the place of origin for inspection.Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man told lawmakers today the bureau will make reference to the practices adopted in implementing the Imported Game, Meat & Poultry Regulations under the Public Health & Municipal Services Ordinance.According to these laws, all imported raw meat must be officially certified to prove it is fit for human consumption.He said details…
  • WHO Ebola meeting held

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Director of Health Dr Constance Chan met the World Health Organisation's Western Pacific Regional Director Dr Shin Young-soo today, to share their experience on the prevention and control of infectious diseases following the recent Ebola outbreak.Dr Shin was first briefed on Hong Kong's approach to preventing and controlling Ebola, and on the Government's response plan for the disease.A range of issues related to Ebola were discussed at the meeting including the command structure, risk communication strategy, stock of personal protective equipment, collaboration with neighbouring areas, and…
 
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    news.gov.hk - Admin & Civic Affairs

  • Senior pay rise broached

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries & Conditions of Service submitted its report on the Civil Service Pay Level Survey 2013 to the Chief Executive today, suggesting a salary rise for senior civil servants from this month.Pay data from 128 private sector organisations was collected to match with 162 civil service benchmark jobs in 59 grades.The survey indicated the lower grades ranging from job level 1 to 4 are broadly comparable. However, those at job level 5 are 8% lower than their counterparts.An upward adjustment was suggested for grade 5, while other grades remain…
  • LCSD wins Ombudsman prize

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Leisure & Cultural Services Department has won the Grand Award in the Ombudsman’s Awards 2014.Ombudsman Connie Lau made the announcement at the awards’ presentation ceremony today.The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department and the Examinations & Assessment Authority were the runners-up.Forty-one public officers received awards for their outstanding performance in providing quality customer services.
  • Nomination committee to be 'broadly representative'

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Chief Executive has reiterated that all sectors have an equal say in Hong Kong elections, and the Nominating Committee's composition must be broadly representative, as stipulated in the Basic Law.His office issued a statement tonight in response to media reports carrying statements by trade unions alleging that the Chief Executive had previously said those earning $14,000 a month are not entitled to the rights to nominate candidates for the election of the Chief Executive. The statement clarified that the Chief Executive has never made such remarks.The statement said the Chief Executive…
  • CS opens city conference

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie Lam shared Hong Kong's experience in building a healthy city in a keynote speech at the 6th Global Conference of the Alliance for Healthy Cities opening session today.The conference is a biennial international meeting in which leaders, policymakers and academics from member cities come together to share knowledge and experiences in improving quality of life and building a common agenda on health, strengthening the healthy cities network both locally and internationally.About 700 delegates from across the globe, mostly from the Asia-Pacific region, are attending the…
  • CE assets declared

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung declared his assets to the Chief Justice when he took office, in accordance with the Basic Law.Chief Secretary Carrie Lam told lawmakers today the agreement and payments between Mr Leung and UGL stemmed from his resignation from DTZ and were not for any future service to be provided by him.Mrs Lam said the current system of declaration of interests by Executive Council members does not require Mr Leung to declare such a resignation agreement.Both his resignation from DTZ and the conclusion of the agreement took place before he was elected Chief Executive, and at the…
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    news.gov.hk - On The Record

  • City life beyond business

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John TsangI would like to share with you about Hong Kong, beginning with politics. I am sure that you are all quite well aware, protests have occupied over the past month our days and nights, our streets and roads, as well as all of our lives in Hong Kong. We are doing our best right now to bridge the differences that exist in our community. We are working hard to create a consensus rooted in our constitution. And I am confident that today's differences will help us realise a better tomorrow in Hong Kong.This evening, please allow me to put aside business and put aside…
  • Striking right balance key in regulation

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Acting Financial Secretary Prof KC ChanAs we are inextricably hooked up to the global financial system in Hong Kong, we have to ensure that our regulatory environment is on a par with international standards. At the same time, and this is very important, we are very mindful of the needs of the local community and our unique market. So we always aim to strike the right balance.We implemented the first phase of the Basel III capital standards in January last year. Our locally incorporated banks remain well capitalised under the new standards. At the end of June 2014, the consolidated capital…
  • 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…
  • Smart city opportunities are boundless

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Gregory SoThanks to the Hong Kong Computer Society, this annual conference provides an excellent platform for IT professionals, academia, businesses and government to share our insights on the development of cutting-edge ICT. The theme of this year's conference is "Smart City". A 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…
  • Green policies bring business opportunities

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for the Environment KS WongThe Eco Expo is a great opportunity to network with government officials, not only from Hong Kong but also from Mainland China and other countries, including industry experts, scholars and other stakeholders to talk about how we can make Hong Kong, the region, and even the world greener and cleaner.We introduced what we called the BEEO, the Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance earlier, that requires new buildings to follow certain standards, and they are looking at the air-conditioning, lighting and other electrical installations. That would also affect…
 
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  • Western Observer Finds Himself a Player in Hong Kong's Protest Drama - New York Times

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    New York TimesWestern Observer Finds Himself a Player in Hong Kong's Protest DramaNew York TimesHONG KONG — Dan Garrett, a tattooed former Pentagon intelligence analyst, has attracted more stares than usual lately when he prowls the streets here with a camera fitted with a 300-millimeter lens, snapping images of pro-democracy demonstrations, ...Top China body axes Hong Kong's James Tien for criticismBBC NewsHong Kong's loud American defies pro-Beijing 'smear campaign'ReutersAccounting Firms' Anti-Hong Kong Protest Stance Prompted by PressureWall Street…
  • Hong Kong Protesters Mark Month After Police Fired Tear Gas - Wall Street Journal

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Wall Street JournalHong Kong Protesters Mark Month After Police Fired Tear GasWall Street JournalThe group representing university students asked Ms. Lam to set up a meeting with Premier Li if the Hong Kong government is “unable to fulfill” federation's conditions, including a demand that a supplementary report to be delivered to Beijing will ask Hong Kong Democracy Standoff, Circa 1960New York TimesNine out of 10 Hong Kong activists say will fight on for a yearReutersUmbrella City: Thousands still camp in Hong Kong's streetsMashableABC News -Washington Post (blog)all 1,218…
  • Democracy Protests Divide Hong Kong - Huffington Post

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Huffington PostDemocracy Protests Divide Hong KongHuffington PostHONG KONG -- Depending on whom you ask, the ongoing pro-democracy occupation of Hong Kong streets is either a beautiful expression of the deepest wishes of the people, or an unmitigated catastrophe for the city. “They're destroying Hong Kong,” Allison ...
  • How the Hong Kong Protests Divide Its Stars - The Atlantic

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    The AtlanticHow the Hong Kong Protests Divide Its StarsThe AtlanticBorn in Hong Kong in the mid-1950s, both men established themselves as stars of Hong Kong cinema in the 1980s. In 1995, Chan crossed-over to American cinema with Rumble in the Bronx. Three years later, Chow followed suit with The Replacement ...
  • Taking Back Hong Kong's Future - New York Times

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Taking Back Hong Kong's FutureNew York TimesHONG KONG — Tuesday night marked one month since the day Hong Kong's police attacked peaceful pro-democracy protesters with tear gas and pepper spray, inadvertently inspiring thousands more people to occupy the streets for the right to freely elect ...
 
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  • Hong Kong protests a 'national security issue' for China

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    HONG KONG: Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests have escalated into a national security issue threatening Chinese sovereignty over the Asian financial centre, a delegate to China's rubber-stamp parliament said Thursday. Businessman and lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said support for Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was crucial to the city's future stability and there was no longer any room to remain neutral.
  • Hong Kong Pushes Beijing Back as Democracy Demands Continue

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    On December 21, Hong Kong politicians turned down a Beijing-backed proposal to reform Hong Kong's political system. The proposal - for which Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang lobbied hard and ultimately in vain - would have doubled the size of the group that chooses Hong Kong's leader, to 1,600, and expanded the seats in the legislature to seventy, giving Hong Kong citizens five more directly elected seats.
  • NZ appoints new consul-general to HK

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully on Thursday announced diplomat Gabrielle Rush as the country's new consul-general to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Hong Kong has been an important commercial and investment market for New Zealand companies, with two-way goods trade of more than 900 million NZ dollars , as well as an important gateway to the Chinese mainland for New Zealand firms, McCully said.
  • HK Protest: Anti-Occupy bloc seeks support to end protests

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    As harried Hong Kongers go about their business in the Central financial district on a Monday afternoon, they are accosted by grey-haired men and women. Wearing a smile and cheery red polo shirts, the elderly folk urge passers-by to spare a minute to sign their names.
  • China's Hong Kong follies gave rise to massive public demonstrations

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:36 pm
    The massive public demonstrations by students and young members of the middle-class that have roiled Hong Kong in recent weeks are ostensibly demands for democracy. But they actually reflect frustration among a population that has been poorly governed by a succession of leaders picked by China's central government more for their loyalty than their competence.
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  • Ceramics expo opens

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ceramics exhibition Clay Storyopened at the Central Library today and will run until January 27, to convey the importance of communication and sharing.Visitors will be treated to the sight of clay figures portraying a scene of storytelling and interaction.The exhibition is jointly organised by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department and St James' Settlement Rehabilitation Services.A ceramics talk and demonstration will be held on November 9 at 2.30pm for people to learn more about the creative process behind the artworks, their artistic value and the future of ceramic art.Pottery…
  • Student bands' joint performances set

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    More than 200 orchestras and bands from primary and secondary schools will compete in the 2014 Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows from November 11 to December 11.Organised by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department’s Music Office, the programme aims to provide an opportunity for young local musicians to share their experience. This year there will be contests for symphony orchestras, string orchestras, Chinese orchestras and symphonic bands.Celebrated French trombonist Jean Raffard will perform with the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band in the Winners' Final on December 6.Tickets are…
  • Russian royal expo to open

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Museum of History will show exhibits from the collections of the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve of Russia from tomorrow until March 16.Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing opened the exhibition today, noting that it represents a major collaboration between government museums in Russia and Hong Kong.The two governments signed a memorandum of understanding on cultural co-operation in 2011.Exhibits include paintings, costumes, porcelain, works of art and a spectacular carriage, which will show Russian history and culture, as well as the long-lasting exchanges between Russia and…
  • Gov’t funded film to screen

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The local premiere of the film The Seventh Lie will be held this evening. The production budget for the film was $5 million, with government finance amounting to $1.8 million from the Film Development Fund.Directed by emerging film director James Hung, The Seventh Lie is a fictional movie comprising four tales that depict the secrets and lies kept by couples living in modern cities.The film has already won acclaim at the Barcelona International Film Festival and the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.The Government injected $300 million into the fund and expanded its scope to finance…
  • Anthony Lee allowed TVB control

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Chief Executive in Council granted approval for TVB non-executive director Anthony Lee to exercise control of the company from today as a "disqualified person" under the Broadcasting Ordinance.But the CE in Council refused to grant retrospective approval for Chien Lee, Christina Lee and Anthony Lee to exercise control of TVB as disqualified persons for certain periods before today.Under the Broadcasting Ordinance, no disqualified person shall exercise control of a domestic free TV licensee unless approved by the CE in Council.Chien Lee has been an independent non-executive director of…
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  • KC Chan urges volatility vigilance

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Acting Financial Secretary Prof KC Chan has warned of volatility in the Hong Kong financial market as the US Federal Reserve ends its Quantitative Easing policy.Speaking to the media after an event today, Prof Chan said it is too early to speculate on when the US will raise interest rates. He said the move will depend on the progress of the country's economic recovery.Meanwhile, he said there is no launch date for Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect yet; however, he hopes efforts by both sides will see it start soon.He added that the Occupy Central movement may have affected Hong Kong's…
  • 1 bank remains closed

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One bank branch remained temporarily closed as at 8am today, while ATM services have largely resumed.Two branches of two banks also shortened their business hours.The Monetary Authority advised customers to pay attention to bank announcements regarding affected branches and ATMs.It will also publish updates on its website.
  • HK investment talk held in Kunming

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Invest Hong Kong hosted a seminar in Kunming today to encourage Yunnan enterprises to use Hong Kong as a platform to promote their brands and expand globally.Speaking at the seminar, Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion Francis Ho said Yunnan and Hong Kong have had close economic ties with frequent contact over many years.He said the country encourages companies to go global under the National 12th Five-Year Plan, so the internationalisation of Yunnan enterprises is inevitable."Hong Kong is known for having a business-friendly environment, free flows of capital and information,…
  • 1 bank remains closed

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One bank branch remained temporarily closed as at 8am today, while ATM services have largely resumed.Two branches of two banks also shortened their business hours.The Monetary Authority advised customers to pay attention to bank announcements regarding affected branches and ATMs.It will also publish updates on its website.
  • FS promotes HK in Paris

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John Tsang has started his Europe trip in Paris, attending trade promotion activities and meeting with political and business leaders to strengthen economic and trade ties between Hong Kong and France.Soon after his arrival in the French capital yesterday, Mr Tsang attended a symposium organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.Speaking at the forum, the finance chief highlighted Hong Kong's importance as Asia's business city and its role as a natural springboard to the region's buoyant markets. He encouraged more French companies to capitalise on Asian business…
 
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  • Development chief visits Barcelona

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Development Paul Chan gave a speech, met officials, and inspected infrastructure projects during his duty visit to Barcelona yesterday.He delivered a keynote speech at the World Sustainable Building 2014 Conference.He said promoting environmentally-friendly buildings requires concerted effort from the community, the construction industry and the government, adding Hong Kong will hold two international green building events in the coming years.He then met government officials, the Chinese Consul-General in Barcelona, and attended a networking reception to exchange ideas on…
  • Rose expo to be held

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Leisure & Cultural Services Department will hold the Plants of Rosaceae horticulture education exhibition on November 8 and 9 in Kowloon Park.Rosaceae species commonly found in Hong Kong include the rose, peach, mume, bell-flower cherry and loquat.Descriptive display panels will introduce the growth habits and characteristics of common Rosaceae species, as well as the plants’ propagation methods, uses in daily life and symbolic meanings.There will also be game stalls, pot-planting sessions and talks.Admission is free.For enquiries call 2723 6042 or 2723 6767.
  • Waste Reduction Day held

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department held the Country Parks Waste Reduction Day at Tai Hung Tun in Clear Water Bay today to start the Country Parks Waste Reduction Campaign.The public education programme will encourage people to reduce waste at source, such as by using fewer disposable items and more reusable ones, to protect the environment.Officiating at the launch ceremony, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong noted that about 10 tonnes of plastic, equal to 500,000 disposable plastic bottles, has been collected from country parks in the past year. However, he said…
  • Food Wise wins marketing award

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign today won the Excellence Award in the HKMA/TVB Awards for Marketing Excellence for promoting a "food wise" culture in Hong Kong.It is the first Government promotional campaign to receive the award.Launched in May, the campaign promotes a "food wise" culture and encourages behavioural changes to reduce food waste in various sectors through different activities, such as the Food Wise Charter and the ambassador scheme.Over 370 organisations have signed the charter to reduce food waste in their daily operations, while 1,300 ambassadors have taken part in food…
  • 35 beaches rated 'good'

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department has rated water quality at 35 beaches 'good' and four 'fair' for this weekend.Hoi Mei Wan Beach and Pui O Beach received better gradings than last week, moving up from 'fair' to 'good'.Click here for details.
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  • Instagram: 今天在我們

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    30 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Link to original post: Instagram: 今天在我們 今天在我們有份新開的Design Zone商店要修改我們的專櫃,架子以玻璃換木板,希望好看 :-) 商店在九龍城廣場,1/F,118商店。 gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
  • A new self intro

    Gregory 河國榮
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Link to original post: A new self intro I had to write a self intro for an upcoming event. Here it is :-) Born in a small country town in Queensland Australia, Gregory moved to Hong Kong in 1987 to pursue a career in Canto-pop. His path took an unexpected turn and he instead became Hong Kong's token Caucasian at Hong Kong's leading television station TVB where he acted in Cantonese television series from 1988 to 2008. He has also performed in movies, stage theatre and stage musicals. He is currently working on his first Cantonese album, a collection of Cantonese cover songs from the 80's when…
  • Instagram: 今天拍電影 filming a…

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    27 Oct 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Link to original post: Instagram: 今天拍電影 filming a… 今天拍電影 filming a movie today gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
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    27 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Link to original post: Instagram: 今晚在尖沙咀的James’ Ki… 今晚在尖沙咀的James' Kitchen同親戚慶祝太太的生日。很好吃!正 :-) We're celebrating my wife's birthday tonight with relatives at James' Kitchen in Tsimshatsui. Great food! gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
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    26 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    Link to original post: Instagram: 靚女黃翠如都來了 :-) gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
 
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  • Landed (Global) in Tokyo

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Just back from an excellent week in Tokyo that kicked off on Thursday evening with a presentation to the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan about the Ten Things You Need to Know Before Buying Property Across International Borders. Thank you to Emil Gorgees and to the ANZCCJ’s Kitaoka-san  and Sakaue-san for organizing the event. On Monday, October 20, I joined a panel discussion about the construction quality of Japanese homes. The event was hosted by the Urban Land Institute and moderated by John Mader of Lend Lease (behind lectern). The panel included Richard Koo…
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    Innettebenningsquirrel
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    On Tuesday, I spoke on a panel discussion about buying property in the United States organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. The event, which  featured Jennifer Anderson from KPMG and Sam Van Horebeek from East-West Property Advisors, drew a full house. You can listen to my presentation and read a transcript here. On October 16, I will be in Tokyo making a presentation to the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce about buying property across international borders.  Full details and registration here. I will be making another presentation during my Tokyo trip.
  • Landed Global in the Financial Times

    Innettebenningsquirrel
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    I have written a three-part series for the Financial Times about buying property across international borders. You can read the first installment here.
  • 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.  
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  • No bad news

    Chris
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Very true.  No wants to give bad news, so they tell you their project is on time and everything’s going fine.  http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-10-20/
  • Windows 8.1

    Chris
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:31 am
    I should have known better – I had read the terrible reviews of Windows 8.  But Microsoft had responded to the criticism and improved the user interface in 8.1, hadn’t they?  Well, up to a point.  Or to put it another way:  not really - they still think they know best.      I have been using Windows since version 3.1 - back in 1992.  I did try using a Mac, but found OSX frustrating. Windows isn’t perfect but I could generally find my around, at least up till now. I suffered with Windows ME, but Microsoft must have realized what a mess they had made of that, and Windows XP came…
  • Hong Kong people love typhoons

    Chris
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Mike Rowse seems to be a rare dose of common sense on the opinion pages of the SCMP, and today his subject is the craziness that descends on the city when there’s a bit of rain and some strong winds: T8 typhoon signal is no holiday Joy at time off thanks to weather is misguided - and just where was the weather anyway? Mike Rowse After reviewing recent events, I have concluded I may be going slightly crazy. That is not as bad as it sounds, because I am not alone. Take this matter of the typhoon that passed by this week. As soon as the news spread that the No8 storm signal was likely to go up…
  • You want woofers and tweeters???

    Chris
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Feeling like a massive idiot… I went to buy a cable to connect an internal hard disk.  Asked for a power cable, then I didn’t know whether it was SATA or not.  Turned out that I already have the power cable and what I need is a data cable.  Doh!
  • BBC Knowledge HD

    Chris
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    Finally, finally, the BBC is offering an HD channel in Asia.  Rather than a BBC HD channel, they have converted BBC Knowledge to HD (at least on PCCW’s Now TV).  Watching something like Africa in HD is a totally different experience to the rather poor quality murkyvision we have had to suffer up until now (though, yes, it has been shown on HD by TVB).    
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  • my fellow Americans

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    I met a lovely lady at the dog park who invited me to join her dragon boat team. Unlike my team which trains seven weeks per year in preparation for for the one big race (and usually enjoys all day drinking on race day) this team of all female paddlers is serious. They train three days per week. Already I am at a disadvantage since I work and can only make it to Saturday training.  But they all friendly and understanding that I have to make my job a priority. So that is how I spent Saturday morning surrounded by tall and/or blonde women with the exception of the coach who is short and…
  • horsing around

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    We were planning to enjoy the opening night of the Happy Valley races from the comfort of our home but then we received an invitation to a private box. Looking out the window while cooking our own dinner vs private balcony with good friends and a buffet...it was a no brainer.Though we had previously taken part in a tour of the facilities, SB and I signed on again when a tour was offered because we needed to stretch our legs after gorging ourselves on oysters (me) and roast beef (SB). No sooner had we entered the area where the horses are trotted around, the sky opened up. A few fat drops of…
  • so long and farewell

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Two of my frequently visited Happy Valley restaurants are closing according to neighborhood sources who are in the know. St. Germaine is closing its doors after several years of operation. I occasionally ate there and more often visited for a drink or three when I fancied something a bit more upscale than the local pub. They seemed to do a brisk business on race nights and when French sports were being televised. I awoke from time to time to the sounds of La Marseillaise being bellowed from triumphant patrons. It was the trade off for choosing to live close to all of the amenities. If you…
  • it's been a rough week

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    It's been a rough week for me - deadlines, revisions, pitchfork waving - but this week was even rougher for one social worker and the Hong Kong Police Force.
  • sharing

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    On an island with millions of people crammed along flat areas, we are bound to encounter land use and sharing issues. I join thousands of fellow residents who jostle along the sidewalks on the way into the office in the morning. Almost every day I see someone cutting into the bus queue or shoving to be the first person to board the tram. I've had colleagues close the elevator doors on me as I have entered the lift car. After six years in the HK rat race I can't be bothered to care most of the time.On several mornings I wake up early to have a quick exercise session at the local sports ground.
 
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  • Protesters Plan More Commemorative Events

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Tomorrow we're having 119 seconds' silence for each of the disabled athletes CY managed to piss off
  • Chesterton's Take on Hong Kong

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Well, it could so easily be: "It is customary to complain of the bustle and strenuousness of our epoch. But in truth the chief mark of our epoch is a profound laziness and fatigue; and the fact is that the real laziness is the cause of the apparent bustle. Take one quite external case; the streets are noisy with taxicabs and motor-cars; but this is not due to human activity but to human repose. There would be less bustle if there were more activity, if people were simply walking about. Our world would be more silent if it were more strenuous." (Orthodoxy) Part II tomorrow...
  • Confucius Steps in to Defuse Kenny G Row

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    A people that is happy with crap muzak is a people that will be happy with crap government 
  • Kenny G Denies Link with Democracy Protests

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    Look, I know as much about politics as I do about music
  • Is Redemption Nigh for Leonard Cheng?

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
                                                    Watch me fly!And who, you might be asking, is Leonard Cheng? Well, from this evening for some time into the foreseeable future, if things go his way – in other words, if the students (including some of his own, of course) continue to ignore the High Court order to remove themselves from the streets of Mong…
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  • Longchamp Collaborates with Artist Sarah Morris for Le Pliage’s 20th Anniversary

    SC
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    In line with Longchamp’s iconic Le Pliage 20th anniversary, the French brand has collaborated with artist Sarah Morris to design a special limited-edition collection. The result is a super-colourful capsule that fully represents Morris’ vision of the bag: vibrant and fun.... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Projet Noir, A Cultural Festive Week, 4-9 Nov 2014

    Sidney Koo
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Projet Noir is a cultural and festive week about the Night, about the Black at The Space in Sheung Wan. The 5-days festival features an exhibition, a contemporary dance performance, a drama play, a curio-cabinet boutique and a black food... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Georg Jensen’s The Dune Collection

    SC
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Using sand dunes as inspiration, Georg Jensen’s The Dune Collection is all about fluid curves that represent femininity. The range is complete with bangles, bracelets, earrings, rings and necklaces, and would appeal to those who want accessories to up their... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University Fashion Graduate Exhibition at Cityplaza

    Sidney Koo
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Cityplaza is collaborating with the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to exhibit the work of 2014 graduates at the mall. From 22 October to 6 November 2014, mall patrons will be able to view... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Get Your Customised Repetto Ballerina Flats

    SC
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Known for its classic ballerina flats, Repetto extends its L’atelier Repetto Customisation Service in Hong Kong to include popular designs like Camille, Michael, Tito and Zizi for both men and women. You get to play shoe designer and create your... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
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    Hong Kong Digital PhotoVision

  • Hong Kong Police fire tear gas at protesters 9.28

    hkdigit
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Categories: Hong Kong News 28 September, 2014 17:58 – Hong Kong police force using tear gas to break up pro-democracy protests near Hong Kong government headquarters. Police fired 87... This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! http://www.hkdigit.net
  • Typhoon Kalmaegi Strong Wind Signal No. 3 between 10 am and noon

    hkdigit
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Categories: Hong Kong Weather HONG KONG – 16 September, 2014 – The No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal is in force. This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometres per hour or... This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! http://www.hkdigit.net
  • Typhoon Kalmaegi Signal No. 8 Issued

    hkdigit
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Categories: Hong Kong Weather 15 September, 2014 – Hong Kong The No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal was issued at 10:30 p.m. This means that winds with mean speeds of 63 kilometres per hour... This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! http://www.hkdigit.net
  • Typhoon Kalmaegi Signal Number 8 will be raised

    hkdigit
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Categories: Hong Kong Weather 15 September, 2014 – The Hong Kong Observatory announces that the Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 8 is expected to be issued at or before 10:40 p.m.... This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! http://www.hkdigit.net
  • Typhoon Kalmaegi No. 3 Strong Wind Signal in force

    hkdigit
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    Categories: Hong Kong Weather Hong Kong – 15 September, 2014 – The Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 was issued at 12:40 p.m. This means that winds with mean speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per... This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! http://www.hkdigit.net
 
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    Hong Kong Travel - What's New?

  • Choosing an Airport Hotel in Hong Kong

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Looking for an airport hotel in Hong Kong? Our top choices for that overnight stopover, early morning departure, and also convenience if you want to make a quick jaunt into town.
  • Hong Kong Halloween on Pinterest

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Follow Hong Kong Traveller's board Hong Kong Halloween on Pinterest.
  • Halloween at Hong Kong Disney 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The 2014 Halloween decorations and ghostly celebrations at Hong Kong Disney run until October 31, 2014. New for 2014 is the "Paint the Night" parade and the "Horrors of the Amazon", a show that will be staged at the Theater in the Wild and narrated by local celebrity Power Chan Kwok-Pong. Some of the "Haunted Halloween activities" however are not on a daily basis, they take place on weekends Thursday through Sunday, so make sure you check the schedule for the planned activities for the day you wish to visit. Halloween attractions are free with Park Admission. Opening hours normally extend to…
  • Wine and Dine Festival has relocated to Kai Tak

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    The Wine and Dine Festival will be taking place from October 30 to November 2, 2014 as scheduled, but has moved to Kai Tak next to the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Free shuttle transportation will be provided from the following MTR stations: East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Tong and Lam Tin and admission is now FREE. At least 15 Michelin-starred restaurants will take part. US wine critic James Suckling will join the fair with representatives of 50 wine estates. Among those featured are Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Chateau Guiraud, Italian strongholds Sassicaia and Antinori and New…
  • Halloween Events 2014

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    From wildly howling street blowouts, parades and shows to fun and sugary trick-or-treat antics for the kids, there is a wide range of spooky cheer for all to enjoy. Here are some of the places where you can have a screaming good time this Halloween: Hong Kong Disneyland Haunted Halloween Celebrations Ocean Park Halloween Bash Lan Kwai Fong Halloween Street Party Fright Dome Hong Kong Dead Not Alive Halloween Party
 
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