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  • HK's key role in One Belt, One Road future

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    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY LeungWhen it comes to the original Silk Road, many of us harbour impressions centred on trade over vast periods of time and great distances. These hazy impressions are generally populated with camels and nomads plying their trade under an unforgiving desert sun.The Silk Road initiatives that are emerging will be less reliant on camels. In this modern day Silk Road initiative, One Belt, One Road, is about creating economic co-operation through vast regions of Asia, Africa and Europe. The plan will open up a wealth of opportunities for a great number of countries and…
  • 6m boundary crossings forecast

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    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Around 6.45 million passengers will pass through Hong Kong's control points during the Easter and Ching Ming festive period from April 2 to 7, up 14% on last year, the Immigration Department estimates.About 75%, or 4.83 million passengers, are expected to pass through land boundary control points.The number of outbound passengers using land boundary control points is forecast to peak on April 3, with around 507,000 passengers leaving Hong Kong, while the number of inbound travellers will reach its highest on April 5, with an expected 470,000 people arriving in the city.Lo Wu is forecast to be…
  • One Belt, One Road forum focus

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    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This year's Boao Forum focused on setting up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Maritime Silk Road One Belt, One Road initiative, Chief Executive CY Leung says.Speaking on the sidelines of the forum in Hainan, he said many heads of state and government, as well as business leaders, are concerned about and support these two ideas.Mr Leung explained to participants Hong Kong's special advantages due to the “One country, two systems” principle.He added that Hong Kong can contribute in terms of financing, investment and professional services, and hence expand the related…
  • 2 severe flu cases reported

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    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Centre for Health Protection has announced that from noon yesterday to noon today, two new severe adult influenza cases were recorded, including two deaths.This brings the total number of severe adult cases to 573, including 432 deaths.The centre urged people to stay vigilant, get vaccinated early, and maintain good personal and environmental hygiene.
  • HK overseas students urged to return

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    27 Mar 2015 | 11:25 pm
    <br>Secretary for Education Eddie Ng has encouraged Hong Kong students in Vancouver to return to Hong Kong upon their graduation to develop their careers. <br>? <br>Mr Ng began his ...
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  • One Belt, One Road forum focus

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This year's Boao Forum focused on setting up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Maritime Silk Road One Belt, One Road initiative, Chief Executive CY Leung says.Speaking on the sidelines of the forum in Hainan, he said many heads of state and government, as well as business leaders, are concerned about and support these two ideas.Mr Leung explained to participants Hong Kong's special advantages due to the “One country, two systems” principle.He added that Hong Kong can contribute in terms of financing, investment and professional services, and hence expand the related…
  • CE submits parallel trading report

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung has submitted a report on the parallel trading issue to the Central Government.He made the statement after attending the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2015 in Hainan.He admitted that both the numbers of parallel traders and Mainland visitors have been growing rapidly over the past year, having an impact on local residents’ lives in certain districts. He is following up with the Guangdong Provincial Government over the issue.He noted that he had met with President Xi Jinping, but they did not discuss anything official.
  • HK overseas students urged to return

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Education Eddie Ng has encouraged Hong Kong students in Vancouver to return to Hong Kong upon their graduation to develop their careers.Mr Ng began his duty visit to Canada today with tours of the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University where he met with dozens of students from Hong Kong.As Hong Kong is facing serious demographic challenges arising from an ageing population in the coming years, he encouraged them to return to Hong Kong when they finish their studies.The two universities value internationalisation, and Mr Ng looked forward to more opportunities…
  • Possible shipwreck found

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A large metal object was found six metres beneath the seabed near the old Wan Chai Ferry Pier, which the Civil Engineering & Development Department today said could be part of a shipwreck.The contractor found the metal object measuring 40m in length, 20m in width and 2m in height while clearing the seabed for the Wan Chai Development Phase II reclamation and the Central-Wan Chai Bypass tunnel works.The department said more details and the impact on related works are subject to further investigation and assessment.
  • Housing Authority members appointed

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Chief Executive has reappointed six serving members and appointed eight new members to the Hong Kong Housing Authority.Cheung Tat-tong, Lo Wai-kwok, Alan Lui, Horace Cheung, Tommy Cheung, Kwok Wai-keung, Dennis Kwok and Prof Joseph Lee will join the authority on April 1 for a two-year term.The Transport & Housing Bureau also thanked the retiring members for their contributions over the years.Click here for the new membership list.
 
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  • 6m boundary crossings forecast

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Around 6.45 million passengers will pass through Hong Kong's control points during the Easter and Ching Ming festive period from April 2 to 7, up 14% on last year, the Immigration Department estimates.About 75%, or 4.83 million passengers, are expected to pass through land boundary control points.The number of outbound passengers using land boundary control points is forecast to peak on April 3, with around 507,000 passengers leaving Hong Kong, while the number of inbound travellers will reach its highest on April 5, with an expected 470,000 people arriving in the city.Lo Wu is forecast to be…
  • Car dealer jailed for fraud

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A car dealer company has been fined $60,000 and its director and a salesman have been jailed for six months each for supplying a second-hand light goods vehicle with a false trade description.Acting on a complaint, customs officers investigated a car dealership in Yuen Long and found that it had sold a second-hand light goods vehicle, with an odometer reading of 55,000 kilometres, but the actual travel mileage was more than 280,000 kilometres.The false travel mileage indicated on the vehicle was in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance.Customs noted that travel mileage is one of…
  • Two die in Mong Kok fire

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A 91-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man died in a fire in their Mong Kok flat last night.The fire broke out on the 12th floor of the Cosmopolitan Centre at 760 Nathan Road at about 11:30pm yesterday and was put out just after midnight. Firefighters found the pair unconscious in the 7-metre by 10-metre flat. They were sent to Kwong Wah Hospital where they later died.About 80 building occupants left the building on their own, while firefighters led eight others to safe places. A fireman was sent to Kwong Wah Hospital after injuring his hand while helping occupants leave the building.There…
  • 23 parallel traders arrested

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Immigration Department and Police arrested 23 Mainlanders, aged 25 to 70, in a crackdown on illegal employment in Sheung Shui yesterday.The 12 men and 11 women were arrested for breaching their conditions of stay by being involved in suspected parallel goods trading at Po Wan Road, San Wan Road and Po Shek Wu Road.Officers seized milk powder, food, red wine, skincare products, daily necessities, clothes, mobile phones and other electronic products.A total of 2,030 Mainlanders and 14 Hong Kong residents have been arrested for parallel goods trading since 2012. Of these, 214 Mainlanders…
  • $22m in smuggled electronics seized

    20 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Customs officers yesterday seized electronic products worth $22 million and shut down a syndicate using cross-boundary coaches for smuggling.Nine suspected syndicate members including the mastermind, aged between 25 and 56, were arrested.Officers stopped an outbound cross-boundary coach at Shenzhen Bay Control Point yesterday morning. A total of 1,000 mobile phones, 457 computer tablets and $7 million-worth of electronic parts were found hidden in the vehicle's passenger baggage hold.A large batch of electronic products, including 1,269 mobile phones and 1,397 computer tablets was also seized…
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  • 2 severe flu cases reported

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Centre for Health Protection has announced that from noon yesterday to noon today, two new severe adult influenza cases were recorded, including two deaths.This brings the total number of severe adult cases to 573, including 432 deaths.The centre urged people to stay vigilant, get vaccinated early, and maintain good personal and environmental hygiene.
  • Elderly commission member named

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Prof Diana Lee will become a new member of the Elderly Commission on April 1.She will serve for two years and four months.Prof Lee is Chinese University Faculty of Medicine Assistant Dean and Chair Professor of the university's Nethersole School of Nursing. Her research interests are in the areas of gerontology and community care for the elderly. Secretary for Labour & Welfare Matthew Cheung welcomed the appointment, adding that he looked forward to Prof Lee's contribution to the development of elderly services in Hong Kong. Mr Cheung also thanked outgoing member Prof Sylvia Fung for…
  • 2 severe flu cases reported

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Centre for Health Protection has announced that from noon yesterday to noon today, two new severe adult influenza cases were recorded, including two deaths.An additional death was recorded among previously reported cases, bringing the total number of severe adult cases to 571, including 430 deaths.The centre urged people to stay vigilant, get vaccinated early, and maintain good personal and environmental hygiene. 
  • Hospital Authority members named

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ho Wing-yin will become a member of the Hospital Authority, while six serving members have been reappointed.Chiang Lai-yuen, Dr Kam Pok-man, Prof Raymond Liang, Pang Yiu-kai and Prof Maurice Yap were reappointed for a two-year term starting April 1, while Prof Gabriel Leung's term will begin on August 1.Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man welcomed Mr Ho to the authority and thanked outgoing member Dr Li Chi-kong for his advice and contribution over the years.
  • Food & hygiene advisers named

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Prof Lo Yuk-lam has been appointed Advisory Council on Food & Environmental Hygiene Chairman. Eleven new members and five serving members have also been appointed to the council.New members Dr Au Wai-ting, Dr Felix Chan, Chan Wai-ming, Vivien Chen, Prof Chiu Siu-wai, Jenny Lam, Stephen Leung, Dr Leo Poon, Simon Tam, Prof Wong Wing-tak and Prof Samuel Wong will begin their two-year term on April 1.Secretary for Food & Health Dr Ko Wing-man said he believed the body would benefit from their wise counsel and expertise when tendering advice to the Government on food and environmental…
 
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  • HK's key role in One Belt, One Road future

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY LeungWhen it comes to the original Silk Road, many of us harbour impressions centred on trade over vast periods of time and great distances. These hazy impressions are generally populated with camels and nomads plying their trade under an unforgiving desert sun.The Silk Road initiatives that are emerging will be less reliant on camels. In this modern day Silk Road initiative, One Belt, One Road, is about creating economic co-operation through vast regions of Asia, Africa and Europe. The plan will open up a wealth of opportunities for a great number of countries and…
  • Extra fund to boost legal services

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Justice Rimsky YuenFor 2015-16, the total estimated expenditure of the Department of Justice is $1.98 trillion, which involves an increase of 14.8%, or $254.7 million, over the revised estimated expenditure for 2014-15. This increase is partly due to the filling of vacancies which could not be filled previously, and the net creation of eight posts to cope with the increasing demand of government departments for legal services. We also expect an increase in court costs and briefing-out fees payable to barristers, solicitors and other professionals such as expert witnesses in…
  • HK plays crucial role in country's reforms

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY LeungThank you for this opportunity again to share my thoughts on Hong Kong and its future - your future, our future. For even if you are not from Hong Kong, we plan to be part of your future, if we are not already.Future doesn't just happen. We make it happen. The future is built on the foundations of our past, on what we are laying right now. It's the vision behind our plans, programmes or policies, the creativity and innovation of our businesses, the sum total of the setbacks, triumphs and determination in each and every one of us.So to understand Hong Kong's tomorrow,…
  • New runway key to competitiveness

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Transport & Housing Prof Anthony CheungOver the past decade, passenger number and cargo tonnage at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) have respectively increased by 8% and 5% on average per year. The number of flight movements has risen 65% to 391,000 last year.Each day about 1,100 flights fly to and from some 180 destinations worldwide, including Mainland cities, making Hong Kong one of the world’s global and regional aviation hubs and contributing immensely to our trade, logistics and tourism industries.However, the current two-runway system can only allow for a…
  • HK keen to uphold its sports hub status

    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie LamWe're here today because we all love sports - as players, organisers, sponsors, promoters and spectators alike. You can put me in the badminton-playing category, under "determined amateur".First of all, my thanks to all of you here, who have dedicated your time, talent, enthusiasm and resources to further Hong Kong's success in the international sports arena and promote sports throughout the community.This afternoon, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the "M" Mark system, presenting awards to the winning "M" Mark events of the past year. We're here, as well, to…
 
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  • Former Hong Kong chief exec Tung Chee Hwa to attend state funeral for Mr Lee ... - The Straits Times

    27 Mar 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Former Hong Kong chief exec Tung Chee Hwa to attend state funeral for Mr Lee The Straits TimesFormer Hong Kong chief executive Tung Chee Hwa will attend the state funeral for Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, the city's most senior official to attend the funeral. He will represent Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying and the Hong ...Statement by Former CE Mr Tung Chee Hwa on the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew7thSpace Interactive (press release)all 2 news articles »
  • Top 7 weirdest reviews for Hong Kong attractions on TripAdvisor - South China Morning Post (subscription)

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:36 pm
    South China Morning Post (subscription)Top 7 weirdest reviews for Hong Kong attractions on TripAdvisorSouth China Morning Post (subscription)Some visitors to Asia's World City did not seem to have had a good time at famous tourist spots in Hong Kong, as they made very clear on the travel review site TripAdvisor. Here's the best of the worst. 1. Hong Kong Skyline: "I can buy my electronics Amazing 'cruise-capade' in Hong KongThe Star OnlineWhat Neil Nitin Mukesh and Evelyn Sharma did in Hong Kong?Times of Indiaall 2 news articles »
  • Hong Kong-Born Councilwoman Rips Black Colleague's 'Blocs' of Asians Remark - New York Observer

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    New York ObserverHong Kong-Born Councilwoman Rips Black Colleague's 'Blocs' of Asians RemarkNew York ObserverThe Hong Kong native also criticized Ms. Cumbo's later suggestion to the New York Post that the city house people “by culture.” “I am troubled by Council Member Cumbo's recent comments regarding Asian-Americans who live in public housing within her ...and more »
  • Hong Kong Sevens: England live by their wits to beat Wales in Sevens opener - The Independent

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The IndependentHong Kong Sevens: England live by their wits to beat Wales in Sevens openerThe IndependentFiji, a record 14-time winner of the Hong Kong Sevens, expected a tough match against its South Pacific neighbour, who had beaten them two out of the four times they had met in previous finals. Samoa won in 1993 and 2007, and Fiji in 1998. Their last Lack-lustre New Zealand held to draw by Portugal at Hong Kong SevensStuff.co.nzHong Kong Sevens 2015 live blog - Day 2South China Morning Post (subscription)All Black Sevens off to a winning start at Hong Kong 7sTVNZForbes -SkySportsall…
  • Six Months Later, Small Protest Camp Grows Again in Hong Kong - New York Times (blog)

    27 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    New York Times (blog)Six Months Later, Small Protest Camp Grows Again in Hong KongNew York Times (blog)They regrouped on the sidewalks near government buildings, a vastly diminished presence but a reminder that the end of the 79-day occupation of city streets was not an end to their campaign for greater citizen involvement in the selection of Hong Kong Family issues add to Hong Kong leader's public relations problemsLos Angeles TimesLeader of Hong Kong's student protest movement Joshua Wong in Fortune top 10ShanghaiistHong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong among world's…
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  • Dno Asa: Initiation of Repair Offering Canceled

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:41 am
    NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN AUSTRALIA, CANADA, THE HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA OR THE UNITED STATES, OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION IN WHICH THE DISTRIBUTION OR RELEASE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. Oslo, 27 March 2015 - DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, announced today that the Company has decided not to initiate a repair offering following the successful completion of a NOK 975 million offering of new shares and treasury shares on 10 March 2015.
  • Treasure hunt

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    IN GINZA, Tokyo's best-known shopping district, a dozen-odd tour buses disgorge crowds of determined Chinese shoppers at their first stop: a suitcase emporium from which they emerge with the extra capacity they need to cart home the cornucopia of Japanese goods they are about to amass, including what mainlanders now dub Japan's "four treasures"-brand-name rice cookers, vacuum flasks, ceramic knives and high-tech lavatory seats . In the funky boutiques of Daikanyama, Chinese dandies are hard to tell apart from local counterparts in cropped trousers and round, horn-rimmed spectacles .
  • Hong Kong ready for fresh 'Occupy' protests says city leader

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:34 am
    Hong Kong's leader said on Wednesday the city was prepared for a fresh flareup of pro-democracy street protests, while issuing a call to arms against opposition democratic lawmakers who have disrupted government policy-making in the legislature. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying attends a news conference which was held as part of the National People's Congress, the country's parliament, in Beijing March 6, 2015.
  • Eco Expo Asia set for Oct. 28-31, 2015

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Messe Frankfurt Ltd., co-organizer of the Eco Expo Asia event, has announced the 10th edition of the environmental fair will take place Oct. 28-31 at Hong Kong's Asia World Center, adjacent to Hong Kong's airport. The October 2014 version of the expo welcomed a record-breaking 308 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions and hosted more than 10,800 attendees from 89 countries and regions, according to Messe Frankfurt Ltd., which organizes the event along with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Environment Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region .
  • HK leader, business tycoons pay tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:49 am
    Scores of Singaporeans also queued to sign the condolence book opened at the Singapore Consulate in Admiralty, among them former Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo and his wife. HONG KONG: Hong Kong's leader and business tycoons have paid tribute to Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew who passed away on Monday .
 
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  • Piano recital set for May

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Award-winning local pianist Crystal Lam will perform a selection of classical works on May 8.The programme will feature Mendelssohn's Fantasy in F-sharp Minor, Op. 28; Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110; Scriabin's 24 Préludes, Op. 11 (Excerpts) and Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6 in A, Op. 82. Ms Lam has won various prizes and awards in international and local music competitions, and has played in piano master classes for Barry Douglas, Claude Frank, Jerome Lowenthal, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Yundi Li, John Perry and Krystian Zimerman.The performance starts at 8pm at City…
  • Beethoven concert set for May

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will perform with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in concert for The Beethoven Journey in May.The programme will feature the master composer's works Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 1 and Piano Concerto No. 4.Described as "currently one of the master Beethovenians", Leif Ove Andsnes partnered with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in 2012 to embark on an epic four-year project to perform Ludwig van Beethoven's five piano concertos. The concert will be staged at 8pm on May 3 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.Tickets ranging from $200 to $600 are now available at…
  • Russian dance gala set

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Krasnoyarsk State Academic Dance Company Siberia will perform a Russian dance gala in mid-April, as the finale of the Russian Culture Festival.The show includes an array of Russian dance forms such as Russian dances My Siberia and Down the Street, Cossack dance Krasny Yar, traditional round dance By the Well, and Siberian dance Siberian Fun.Siberia is one of the most popular dance companies in Russia today. Their performances also showcase Russian cultural traditions and history.The show will be staged at 8pm on April 11 and 12 at the Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets are priced at $140, $200 &…
  • Children's puppet show to be staged

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education will perform the children's puppet show The Friend Who Loves Apple Pie in May.The play tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood whose mother asks her to bring grandma some freshly made apple pie. A wolf following Little Red Riding Hood falls into a trap, but the kind little girl still saves him. Knowing that an evil witch instead of grandma is waiting for the girl, what will the wolf do next? The show will be staged at Tai Po Civic Centre from May 1 to 3; Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre from May 8 to 10; Tuen Mun Town Hall from May 15 to 17; and at Youth…
  • Y-Space to stage 20th anniversary show

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Local dance company Y-Space will stage its 20th anniversary production On & On & Turn Turn Turn in May.The production will showcase the troupe's 20-year creative journey through new and classic choreography incorporating video projections and installations.  The show is choreographed by Victor Ma and Mandy Yim who will also perform, while Les Fong and Edmund Leung composed the score.The performances will be held at 8pm on May 2, and 3pm on May 3, at Kwai Tsing Theatre. Tickets are available at URBTIX.Click here for details.
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  • MPF advisers appointed

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority Managing Director Diana Chan has been appointed as Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Advisory Committee Deputy Chairman.Lam Chun-sing will join the MPF advisory committee as a member, while eight incumbent members have been reappointed.Their two-year term will run from March 30, 2015 to March 29, 2017.Monica Ng has joined the MPF Industry Schemes Committee as a member for a two-year term effective February 23, 2015 to February 22, 2017.Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Prof KC Chan welcomed the appointments and thanked outgoing…
  • Average wage rate rises 4.2%

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    December's average wage rate grew 4.2% in nominal terms over a year earlier, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.About 71% of companies reported increases in average wage rates last December compared with a year ago, while 26% recorded decreases. The remaining 3% reported virtually no change.After discounting the changes in consumer prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index A, the overall average wage rate dropped 2.5% in real terms.The index of payroll per person engaged rose 3.9% in nominal terms in the fourth quarter of 2014 over a year earlier. After discounting…
  • FS welcomes securities report

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John Tsang today welcomed the publication of the Securities & Futures Commission's Process Review Panel annual report 2013-14.The panel reviewed 59 completed or discontinued commission cases including licensing and inspection of intermediaries, handling of complaints, corporate finance, investigation and disciplinary action, and authorisation of investment products.The panel also made a number of recommendations to the SFC to help enhance its procedures and guidelines in those areas.Mr Tsang said the recommendations made in the report are conducive to the fair and…
  • Tourism Board members reappointed

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ignatius Chan and Shi Nan-sun have been reappointed as Hong Kong Tourism Board members. Their two-year term will run from April 1 until March 31, 2017.The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau thanked them for their valuable suggestions over the past two years and is delighted that they have accepted the reappointments.
  • ATV situation monitored closely

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Gregory So says the Communications Authority will pay close attention to ATV to ensure the broadcaster is maintaining its services.Responding to reporters today on a media report that ATV will soon go into liquidation, Mr So said he would not comment on a hypothetical question. As a licence holder, ATV is required to perform and provide services according to the Broadcasting Ordinance and its licence conditions.Should the broadcaster seriously breach its licence conditions, the authority could recommend that the Chief Executive in Council…
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  • Volunteers audit rugby waste

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Hong Kong Sevens has kicked off, attracting hordes of rugby fans from around the globe – who generate plenty of waste. A team of volunteers is auditing the trash, to develop a plan to reduce it in future.The 50 volunteers, all from local universities, will collect data and samples during the matches, and will compile a report based on their survey. It will set the baseline so that future mega sporting events can aim for waste-reduction improvements and greater waste recovery.The iconic FoodWise campaign mascot Big Waster is also returning to the event, to encourage spectators to adopt…
  • Environment chief attends forum

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for the Environment KS Wong has led a Government delegation to attend the 2015 Macau International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition today, to explore opportunities for environmental collaboration in the region.He has shared views with government authorities, professionals and academics, and representatives from green sectors, on the policies, latest technologies and experiences on the prevention of air pollution and mitigation of climate change.Mr Wong officiated at the opening ceremony of the forum, themed "Green Economy, Solutions for Clean Air", with other guests…
  • Observatory to open to the public

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Hong Kong Observatory will host open days this Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday at its Nathan Road headquarters.The theme of the event is "Climate Knowledge for Climate Action". Visitors can watch live weather reports hosted by the Observatory's scientific officers, and participate in game booths and a tree walk.They can also take photos with Dr Tin, the Observatory mascot.Click here for details.
  • Waste-reduction initiatives working

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Government’s waste-reduction programmes are proving effective in slowing the rise in municipal solid waste disposal, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong says, adding they may even turn the trend around.In reply to a lawmaker’s question, Mr Wong noted that since the Government had implemented a policy framework for managing such waste in 2005, the daily per capita municipal solid waste disposal rate had fallen from 1.37kg to 1.33kg in 2013.A blueprint for sustainable resources’ use published in May, 2013, aims to reduce the per capita municipal solid waste disposal rate by 40% by…
  • KS Wong to visit Macau

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Secretary for the Environment KS Wong will visit Macau tomorrow to attend the Macau International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition.Mr Wong will attend the event's opening ceremony and tour exhibition booths. He will then meet Macau Secretary for Transport & Public Works Raimundo Arrais do Rosário.He will also visit Macau's Meteorological & Geophysical Bureau and tour the environmentally-friendly facilities at the University of Macau's Hengqin campus.
 
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    Link to original post: Instagram: 想看阿一的自編自演的音樂劇不過兩… 想看阿一的自編自演的音樂劇不過兩晚都要開工。加油阿一 :-) I wanted to see Brian's musical; written & performed by Brian; but I have to work both nights. Break a leg Brian! gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
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  • All true, obviously

    Chris
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Over the New Year holiday, CCTV-4 has been showing the full 48 hours of Deng Xiaoping at History's Crossroads.  My favourite bits (i.e. the only stuff I can understand) are the cameo appearances by Robert Maxwell, Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher and a Governor or two.  And only one of them looked anything like the real person.  The there’s the stilted dialogue…and some of the scenes were totally fictitious.  We see Thatcher having a cordial meeting with Ted Heath (in 1982?), where she asks him “as her old friend”  to talk to Deng about Hong Kong.  Rather unlikely, given that…
  • Closed shop

    Chris
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    The SCMP reports that Page One in Causeway Bay has closed (Bookshop at end of last chapter in Times Square), though it seems possible that it may re-open if space can be found.  So not really the end of the last chapter, then. The one in TST moved recently and became a “concept store”.  At first sight it appears to have become a magazine store with a few books, but hidden away upstairs is a reasonable size bookstore. The concept, of course, is high-priced books, but the SCMP seems not to have picked up on that: [T]he closure of its Causeway Bay branch signaled wider difficulty for…
  • Thanks Cable TV

    Chris
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:53 am
    Thank a lot, Cable TV, I really wanted to see the latest ISIS beheading video.  It’s not available on other media outlets (who have this strange idea that showing these videos only gives ISIS more publicity), and no need to search for it on the old Interweb thingy. Just exactly what I wanted to watch on my journey home from work on the MTR. 
  • This is your bank calling

    Chris
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:07 am
    It’s bad enough receiving unsolicited sales calls on my mobile (though I find that either ignoring them until they hang up, or saying “Hello, who’s calling?” usually work quite well), but I get seriously annoyed when my bank keeps calling to sell me stuff. Yes, “my bank”. I have had an account (and a credit card) with them for quite a few years, and, after all that time, one might think that they know something about me. But no - as well as trying to sell me services that they ought to know that I don’t need, they can’t even address me correctly.  OK, yes, it is one of my…
  • 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. 
 
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  • freebies

    12 Mar 2015 | 11:03 pm
    Google Earth Pro is now free!!! You're welcome.
  • celebrate tonight...and tomorrow

    8 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    In case you didn't know that Valley won the top honors in last night's grand championship, the sheer number of red polo clad celebrants gathered around the Valley Bar & Grill may have clued you in. I wonder how many of their number haven't been home is 24 hours. There was an impressive haka performed by shirtless men and the requisite number of animal costumes. I made the mistake of stopping to talk with some familiar faces as SB and I were returning home from a walk with the dogs. Tippy was snuggled against her will by a very large man while I had to suffer the embarrassment of having to…
  • gone tomorrow...or today

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:08 pm
    What a week it has been! Four of the colleagues who I used to occasionally have lunch with disappeared after we came back from the Chinese New Year. That's when I found out that our company does a spring cleaning of sorts. Our HR policies are such that their desks still contain personal effects which I assume will be boxed up and sent to them in the near future.And then my boss quit rather spectacularly. Oy vey, as my neighbor used to say. I would be nervous if not for the fact that very few people want to do what I do, much less have any experience at it. Of course this means that my new…
  • groaning and moaning in Asia's World City

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:23 am
    50 Shades of Grey has been well received here in Hong Kong; it seems like the experiences of Christian and Anastasia resonate with the local populace. Yours truly has been obsessed with following people's comments regarding their own forays into the world of pain and pleasure:Andrew Davis ‏davi326  Feb 16Hong KongHe screamed as she slammed him time and time again - the little old lady kept pushing the lift door close button #HK50ShadesOfGreyJames Louie ‏james_ultra  Feb 17She groaned into the pillow, clenching her jaw as the pounding continued. It was the…
  • Sunset Peak

    18 Feb 2015 | 11:05 pm
    Kung hei fat choi everyone! What a surprise we had this morning when the slowly warming weather took a small dip overnight and today's cloud cover provided perfect weather for a new year hike. When SB and I have enough time for a long hike, we usually head over to Sai Kung's country park and beaches but today we wanted to do something different so we decided to visit Sunset Peak in Lantau. It was the furbabies' first ferry ride and aside from despising their required muzzles, they fared well. We thought that we would be relegated to the back of the boat but were allowed to sit in the regular…
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  • Aloysius, Put that Down!

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:04 am
    Eating a very bad brunch at a very indifferent eatery in Shatin City One the other Sunday, my mood was scarcely improved by the arrival of a Hong Kong couple with their 6- or 7-year old boy with greased hair, who switched to speaking English as soon as they heard us speaking that language on the next-door table. Things improved unexpectedly after a minute or so of being forced to listen to their vapid conversation - which appeared to be aimed in our direction - when the boy committed some infraction and was upbraided by his mother thus: "Aloysius, stop that!"   For, after that…
  • Vale, Magister Mentalis!

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, now perhaps best known for being liberally drawn upon – and lovingly parodied – by Laurence Sterne in Tristram Shandy, was tremendously popular in its own day, going through many editions after its publication in 1621.  Nearly 400 years on, even as the rich and famous gather to give a fitting send-off to a figure that Sterne (not to mention his greatest influence, Rabelais) would have had a field day with – Harry Lee Kuan Yew (he dropped the “Harry” as the Nigel Farage aspect of his multifaceted character came to the fore*) – one…
  • Li Ka Shing Leads Tributes to Harry Lee Kuan Yew

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Your "true and ordered liberty" provided the model for our "genuine democracy"
  • China Vows to Avoid Accidental Collisions in East China Sea

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:49 pm
                     Deliberate ones are a different matter of course
  • Singaporeans Fear Worst about Harry Lee Kuan Yew

    18 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    The Minister Mental may have been cloned as part of his eugenics programme
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  • Whatever hope is yours

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am
    Courage was mine, and I had mysteryWisdom was mine, and I had masteryFrom Wilfred Owen, Strange Meeting (1918)I thought of these words this morning as I cycled past the University of Melbourne campus – something about the open bay windows of the well-appointed Victorian buildings of whatever Faculty it was reminded me very strongly of Glasgow and my first year there as an undergraduate (shown above, the School of Law). The poem is about war and the pity of war, but those lines are about the power of youth, if you can only grasp it.I didn’t get the most out of university by any stretch –…
  • The really useful crew

    8 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    When I first saw this video cruelly skewering the pretensions of underpass Goths, I was of course tempted to react with amused contempt. I hate Goths; who doesn't? People used to accuse me of being a Goth and I loathed that. Those po-faced, self-important, whey-faced losers! The style has remained amazingly unchanged for the last 30 years: the I-feel-so-sorry-for-myself pout, the over-egged black-is-how-I-feel-on-the-inside melodrama, the black lipstick, the stack heels ... Particularly in this clip, despite some decidedly non-canon outfits (neon? White?), the self-importance is quite…
  • O whistle and I’ll come to you, my lad

    7 Feb 2015 | 1:10 am
    The title of this post is one of the scariest ghost stories ever written, which was told to me as a child and which still haunts me. The content of this post is less elegant: the story of my encounter with a  thoroughly disagreeable person on my daily cycle to work.I was reading yesterday about a troll’s response to someone whom he cruelly attacked by impersonating her dead father on Twitter (an act even more despicable than the foul remark that Julia Gillard’s father must have “died of shame”). He said that his reaction to her was not even about her feminist views; she just…
  • Waxing lyrical

    30 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    When I lived in Hong Kong I had a long-standing relationship with a woman from Beijing called Sarah, to whom I entirely handed all responsibility for care of my eyebrows, as well as the waxing of my legs (if you are ill-acquainted with what this actually means, I won't offend delicate sensibilities by describing it; just imagine the sounds RRRIIPPPP and OUCH). I went to see Sarah once every six weeks or so over a period of 5 or 6 years; she came via recommendation from a colleague and was in turn recommended by me to countless friends. She worked in a rather odd beauty salon on the…
  • Vicious cycle

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    There are some things you have to give up when you become a commuter cyclist, namely: Your dignity (especially when it rains): the words “high vis” and “elegance” would rarely appear in the same sentence; Any faith in the ability of car drivers toa)      Drive;b)      See anyone on a bike; c)       Notice bike lanes; ord)      Act sensibly when it’s raining.Commuter drivers have already made a selfish decision, which is to take up space on the roads into the city in…
 
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  • Wahhabism in Southeast Asia

    Asia Sentinel
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    When I joined Malaysia’s foreign ministry in 1972, a major foreign policy concern in the region was that Southeast Asian nations would soon fall like dominoes to militant communism supported and abetted by the People’s Republic of China. Fortunately, the dominoes held.  Today, the old domino theory may well be applicable to a new danger […] The post Wahhabism in Southeast Asia appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
  • China: Challenge of the Middle-Income Transition

    Asia Sentinel
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    The Chinese economy grew by 7.4 percent in 2014 and is expected to expand by 7.0 percent this year. These are impressive growth rates for any country but lower than what has been achieved in the past. For three solid decades, since the beginning of market reforms in the late 1970s, the economy expanded by […] The post China: Challenge of the Middle-Income Transition appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
  • Indonesia Ups the South China Sea Ante

    Our Correspondent
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:19 am
    The post Indonesia Ups the South China Sea Ante appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
  • Gauging Xinjiang’s ISIS Threat

    Asia Sentinel
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:34 am
    The post Gauging Xinjiang’s ISIS Threat appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
  • Update: Malaysia’s Sultans Deny Blocking Hudud

    Asia Sentinel
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:26 am
    Malaysia’s Conference of Rulers on March 26 denied a report by Malaysian Insider that the country’s sultans would intervene in the steadily worsening crisis over whether the fundamentalist Parti-Islam se-Malaysia could implement harsh Islamic law in the eastern state of Kelantan. Asia Sentinel quoted the report on March 25 to say the decision would cool […] The post Update: Malaysia’s Sultans Deny Blocking Hudud appeared first on Asia Sentinel.
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  • Whats in Store at Marrimekko

    Roxanne Wentworth
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Nothing beats a pretty dress in summer. Marrimekko are making it even easier with their selection of bright and bold frocks that will make you look cool as a cucumber even if you are wilting in Hong Kong balmy summer.... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • To Covet: Tod’s Cape Bag

    SC
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:05 pm
    There is  just something about Tod’s curvaceous, roomy Cape bags.  Like its many other predecessors (the Bucket and Military Bowler to be exact), the bag take on yet another curvy style – one side of the bag curves in like a... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Dries Van Noten SS15 Runway Carpet Exhibition World Tour

    SC
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    From 26th to 29th March 2015, the Dries Van Noten SS15 Runway Carpet Exhibition World Tour will kick off in Hong Kong as the first city to host the exhibition. For his Spring/Summer 2015 Women’s show, Dries Van Noten worked... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Marta Grossi’s Banana Graffiti X iBlues Collection

    SC
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Marta Grossi has collaborated with iBlues to launch the very cool Banana à Porter collection. This collection of 13 garments is inspired by the original artworks of Italian-born Hong-Kong based artist, Marta Grossi who is known for her edible banana graffiti... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Wall Street Journal’s Make Time Campaign Features Tory Burch, Zhang Xin, Bill McDemmott and Will.i.am

    Sidney Koo
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:13 pm
    The Wall Street Journal‘s latest worldwide campaign, “Make Time” features a line-up of some of the most successful, ambitious and intellectually curious readers who happened to be billionaires like American CEO & Designer Tory Burch, Co-Founder and CEO of SOHO... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
 
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  • No tickets for the Sevens? Join in the Hong Kong Sevens Official Fans Party

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    More than Rugby action at this mega party, which this year features besides the huge TV screens where all games will be telecast live, lots of food and drink options, DJs, samba performances, after match parties AND appearance by the Village People, remember YMCA? yes, THAT Village People on Saturday during the Evening sesion. When? All three days of the event Friday March 27, 2015 - 5:30pm to 11:00pm Saturday and Sunday March 28 and 29, 2015 - 8:30am to 11:00pm Where? The Hong Kong Observation Wheel in the Harbourfront How Much? Several packages, Evening Pass from HK 388, One-Day Pass HK…
  • Coming to Hong Kong this April 2015

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Ching Ming Festival, on April 5, 2015 gives you a unique look into Hong Kong's ancient traditions, and soon thereafter in total contrast, the Hong Kong Electronics Fair is a window into Hong Kong's innovation powerhouse. In the cultural scene, this month features the Hong Kong Film Awards, the Oscars of Hong Kong, as the Hong Kong Film Festival comes to a close. Also note that Easter holidays are public holidays observed in Hong Kong, this year will be from April 3-7, 2015
  • The Hong Kong Sevens are this Weekend!

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    When? March 27 - 29, 2015 Where? Tournament is held at Hong Kong Stadium, but as expected tickets are sold out. There will be giant screens and party tents at the Central Promenade, more partying at Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Wanchai.
  • Hong Kong Film Festival - The Countdown Begins! March 23 - April 6, 2015

    20 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Hong Kong International Film Festival, although not Cannes, or Sundance or Toronto, is one of Hong Kong's largest cultural events and considered a major launching pad for films from all parts of the world into the China and Asian markets. It is easy to catch a screening and ticket prices are quite reasonable, if only to see some of Hong Kong's magnificent venues from the inside!
  • The Hong Kong Flower Show "Blossoms of Joy" Starts Today!

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Spring is in the air and if you love flowers and greenery, the Hong Kong Flower Show is a "don't miss". In the middle of the towering skyscrapers of the city in Victoria Park, the Hong Kong Flower Show is a bright and fragrant oasis with elaborate displays of flowers and landscaped areas, put together by local and international organisations.
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