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  • Democracy in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong News
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    The US Geological Survey recorded a minor earthquake this morning with its epicenter near Wasilla, Alaska, the probable result of Sarah Palin opening her mail box to find the latest issue of CounterPunch magazine we sent her. A few moments later she Instagrammed this startling comment... The lunatic Right certainly has plenty of problems.
  • Force-feeding values to school students

    Hong Kong News
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    We adults should be listening to why Thai students are protesting against the government's order for them to recite its 12 values, not dismissing them out of hand because of their youth. An ad hominem error of logic is one which appeals to the listener's feelings or prejudices instead of her intellect, for example, by saying "you don't make sense because you are too fat/skinny/short/tall/young/old", when those traits are not related to the matter at hand.
  • Why I Won't Give Up on My Dreams for Hong Kong

    Hong Kong News
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Messages of support for pro-democracy demonstrations on a wall near the government headquarters in Hong Kong Earlier this month, I swam across Victoria Harbour-the lifeblood of Hong Kong since our inception-in an annual race that was only recently revived after decades of concern about the water being contaminated. Hong Kongers of my father's generation talk wistfully about the old cross-harbor swim and how wide the harbor was in those days, before the land-reclamation projects began, before the Cross-Harbour Tunnel.
  • 8 arrested near Mong Kok protest zone

    news.gov.hk - Law & Order
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Police have arrested seven men and one woman, aged between 32 and 82 near the Mong Kok protest area since noon yesterday, for their alleged involvement in 13 cases including assault, indecent assault, possession of an offensive weapon, disorderly conduct in a public place and arson.The High Court has granted injunctions requiring protesters to clear illegally occupied roads and forbids them from obstructing the removal of obstacles from the areas.The applicant and bailiffs yesterday tried to carry out the order but were ignored, and there were clashes between those helping to remove the…
  • Wounding case reclassified as murder

    news.gov.hk - Law & Order
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Police have reclassified a North Point wounding case as murder after the death of a 45-year-old man.At about 10.18pm on October 13, Police were called to Tsat Tsz Mui Road where a man had collapsed. He was rushed to Eastern Hospital unconscious and with cuts on his head. He died at 8:10 last night.Police arrested a 33-year-old man for wounding yesterday, he was later charged with murder.A post-mortem will be conducted later to determine the victim's cause of death.
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    news.gov.hk - Top Story

  • Prison fair set for Nov 1

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Stanley Prison inmates will showcase their new cooking skills at the Correctional Services Department's Autumn Fair on November 1.The fair will be held from 11am to 5pm and will feature a "Rehabilitation Corner" of social enterprise booths set up by the Home Affairs Department where young offenders taking part in catering vocational training courses can show off what they have learnt.Visitors to Café Collinson - which is run by the Cape Collinson Correctional Institution - will be served pineapple buns, cakes and milk tea; while those who eat at Chef's Noodle - a chain restaurant opened by…
  • Former judge to head MPF appeal body

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    William Stone has benn appointed Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Appeal Board Chairman and Belinda Luk a panel member, the Government announced today.Three incumbent panel members - Ng Chau-pei, Ng Wai-yee and Jeff Wong - were also reappointed.The appointments are for a two-year term from November 1.Mr Stone is a former High Court judge who is currently Banking Review Tribunal Chairman and a Market Misconduct Tribunal member.Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Prof KC Chan said Mr Stone has extensive experience in handling appeals relating to financial services regulators,…
  • Bank protection rules gazetted

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The second phase of Basel III capital and liquidity requirements will be implemented to boost the banking system's ability to handle financial shocks, the Financial Services & the Treasury Bureau said today.The Banking (Capital) (Amendment) Rules 2014 and the Banking (Liquidity) Rules were gazetted today to implement the requirements scheduled to take effect on January 1.The requirements include a series of capital buffers to incentivise banks to build up and hold capital that they can draw upon when necessary to absorb shocks arising from any financial and economic stress; and a…
  • 1 bank remains closed

    23 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.
  • New Tourism Board member named

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Belinda Yeung has been appointed as a member of the Hong Kong Tourism Board for a two-year term starting November 1.Board members Benjamin Chau, Michael Wu, Yip Wing-sie and Linda Yuen have been re-appointed, while the Commissioner for Tourism has been re-appointed as a member and as Deputy Chairman.All members will serve on the board from November 1 to October 31, 2016.The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau welcomed Ms Yeung and thanked members for their dedicated support. It also expressed confidence that their expertise and experience would help boost Hong Kong's position as a…
 
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    news.gov.hk - Law & Order

  • Waterworks fees set to rise

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Non-livelihood related waterworks fees are likely to be increased next year.The Government today gazetted the fee adjustment for 25 waterworks services including connecting water mains, providing and installing a meter, testing a meter and water sample tests.The Government adopts the 'user pays' principle. In order to achieve full cost recovery gradually and avoid a steep fee increase, the 25 fees for services that are non-livelihood related will be increased by about 4.6% to 20.8%.The proposed fee hike will be tabled at the Legislative Council on October 29. Subject to approval by negative…
  • Contractor fined for lax safety

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A contractor and a worker were fined $96,000 and $20,000 by Kowloon City Magistracy today for violating safety legislation.On December 25 last year a scaffolder fell to his death while erecting a bamboo scaffold on the external wall of a building in Mong Kok.Prosecution action was launched by the Labour Department.
  • Mong Kok disorder worsening

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Police Public Relations Branch Chief Superintendent Steve Hui has called for calm and restraint, saying the disorderly situation in Mong Kok is escalating.At a press conference today, he said Police had to break up a confrontation between protestors and people helping to remove road blockades to execute a court order.Since noon yesterday, 14 crime reports have been made involving Mong Kok protest areas, including assault, indecent assault, and possession of dangerous weapons, resulting in the arrest of 11 people.The cases also include an arson attempt by a man, and a case of bags containing…
  • Wounding case reclassified as murder

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Police have reclassified a North Point wounding case as murder after the death of a 45-year-old man.At about 10.18pm on October 13, Police were called to Tsat Tsz Mui Road where a man had collapsed. He was rushed to Eastern Hospital unconscious and with cuts on his head. He died at 8:10 last night.Police arrested a 33-year-old man for wounding yesterday, he was later charged with murder.A post-mortem will be conducted later to determine the victim's cause of death.
  • 8 arrested near Mong Kok protest zone

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Police have arrested seven men and one woman, aged between 32 and 82 near the Mong Kok protest area since noon yesterday, for their alleged involvement in 13 cases including assault, indecent assault, possession of an offensive weapon, disorderly conduct in a public place and arson.The High Court has granted injunctions requiring protesters to clear illegally occupied roads and forbids them from obstructing the removal of obstacles from the areas.The applicant and bailiffs yesterday tried to carry out the order but were ignored, and there were clashes between those helping to remove the…
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    news.gov.hk - Health & Community

  • Prison fair set for Nov 1

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Stanley Prison inmates will showcase their new cooking skills at the Correctional Services Department's Autumn Fair on November 1.The fair will be held from 11am to 5pm and will feature a "Rehabilitation Corner" of social enterprise booths set up by the Home Affairs Department where young offenders taking part in catering vocational training courses can show off what they have learnt.Visitors to Café Collinson - which is run by the Cape Collinson Correctional Institution - will be served pineapple buns, cakes and milk tea; while those who eat at Chef's Noodle - a chain restaurant opened by…
  • Taiwan food products recalled

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Centre for Food Safety today urged people not to consume two kinds of chilled food products from Taiwan as they were made with substandard lard, while traders should also stop supplying them and recall the products.One of the products, Fish & Cheese Stuffing Balls sold in 3kg packs, is manufactured by Champion Refrigerant Foods and imported by Sun Wing Hing Food Products. Its sell-by date is May 20, 2016.The other tainted product, Cheese Fish Bun, also in 3kg packs, is manufactured by Champion Refrigerant Foods and imported by Sam Long International. Its expiry date is April 25,…
  • Restaurant licence revoked

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department revoked a Tsuen Wan restaurant's licence today, for illegally extending its business area.The eatery on the ground floor of Winning Heights in Lo Tak Court repeatedly breached food business regulations.The business was fined $4,000 and had 90 demerit points registered against it in August, resulting in its licence being rescinded.
  • IT subsidies for disabled open

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Jockey Club IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment and the Central Fund for Personal Computers are open for applications until November 30, the Social Welfare Department has announced. The Jockey Club scheme helps non-governmental and non-profit-making organisations providing services or schooling for the visually impaired to buy advanced Chinese screen readers and Braille displays, and gives individuals subsidies to purchase the devices for study or work.The Central Fund for Personal Computers provides eligible people with disabilities with computer facilities for self-employment or…
  • CE lauds gold winners

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hong Kong athletes won one gold, five silver and three bronze medals in the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games today.Chief Executive CY Leung congratulated Chan Yui-chong, Fan Pui-shan, Justine Ng and Yu Chui-yee for seizing a gold medal in the Women's Team Foil event.He commended them for striving hard and aiming high, and said Hong Kong people are encouraged by their outstanding performance.Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing said Hong Kong athletes have fully demonstrated the sportsmanship of perseverance and fair play, and he took pride in their top-notch performance.
 
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    news.gov.hk - Admin & Civic Affairs

  • Basic Law expo set for Ma On Shan

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A Basic Law roving exhibition organised by the Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Bureau will be held this weekend at Ma On Shan Plaza.The exhibition will introduce the content and implementation of the Basic Law.Members of the public can also gain a better understanding of the Basic Law by participating in computer and stall games.The roving exhibition will be held at Level 2, Ma On Shan Plaza, from 11am to 7pm.Admission is free and souvenirs will be distributed to participants.
  • Ombudsman exhibitions held

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A roving exhibition is being held in different government offices and shopping malls until December, to increase public awareness and understanding of the work of the Office of the Ombudsman.The theme of the roving exhibition corresponds with the office's new advertising campaign, which highlights acts of maladministration and the functions of the Ombudsman.The campaign educates the public on how maladministration complaints can be lodged.A commercial will be broadcast on television, radio and public transport as well as through online channels for viewing via smartphones, while a print…
  • All sectors' needs equal: CE

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY Leung says an election design must achieve "balanced representation" since the Basic Law requires the Chief Executive to take into account all sectors' needs with equal importance.Mr Leung made these remarks in an earlier interview with overseas media when asked about the meaning of "broad representativeness" in the Election and Nominating Committees.Referring to his election experience in 2011/2012, Mr Leung cited the sports sector as an example to illustrate that, while the sports community's population is small, it is an important sector in the Election Committee. He had…
  • CGO forecourt not a public area

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie Lam says the Central Government Offices East Wing forecourt is a government property which is neither a public place nor a public open space, and the public does not have an absolute right of free access to it.Mrs Lam told lawmakers today that the forecourt has been primarily used as a vehicular access for the Central Government Offices and a pick up/drop off point for passengers, and it is open for public use on weekdays mainly as a passageway.The Government has the legal right and responsibility to exercise appropriate control and restriction on its use, having regard…
  • Dialogue calm, rational: CS

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie Lam described the Government's meeting with the Federation of Students as calm and rational, which is helpful for mutual understanding.Speaking to the media after the meeting, Mrs Lam said she respected the student’s passion and tenacity, and urged the federation to co-operate with the Government to resolve social problems.To show the Government’s sincerity, Mrs Lam said it will consider submitting a public opinion report to the State Council’s Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office.The report will be comprehensive and factual, reflecting public opinion on the…
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    news.gov.hk - On The Record

  • Promoting women's rights

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Permanent Secretary for Labour & Welfare Annie TamThe HKSAR has all along been implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Law and local laws. The Government remains fully committed to implementing the provisions of Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The Basic Law and the Bill of Rights Ordinance protect the fundamental rights of all people in the HKSAR. We have brought into force four pieces of anti-discrimination legislation, which are the Sex…
  • Gov't adopts audit report advice

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie LamLaid on the table today is the Government Minute responding to Report No. 62 of the Public Accounts Committee.When presenting Report No. 62 on July 9 to the Legislative Council, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee gave comments on Three chapters in the Director of Audit's Reports, namely: * planning, construction and redevelopment of public rental housing flats; * Mega Events Fund; and * promoting the development of social enterprises.We are grateful for the time and efforts that the committee has devoted to examining these subjects. We accept the…
  • HK is a land of opportunity: FS

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Financial Secretary John TsangColumbia University, one of the world's great academic institutions, has ties to more than 100 Nobel Prize laureates, several US presidents, including the current title holder, more than 20 Academy Award winners and nine justices of the US Supreme Court.I discovered that, and much more, in Columbia's online profile. It noted, for example, that Columbia is among the few universities that embrace the "Primal Scream". This annual practice, as I understand, takes place at midnight on the Sunday before the last week of final exams. Columbia students, and probably a…
  • Gov’t suspends student talks

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Secretary Carrie LamThe Chief Executive announced on October 2 that he has appointed the Task Force on Constitutional Development led by me to enter into discussions with the Hong Kong Federation of Students on the sole subject of constitutional development, as they have requested.Since then, I have tasked Lau Kong-wah, the Under Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs, and his colleagues to hold preparatory talks with the Hong Kong Federation of Students representatives on three occasions.Though some issues relating to arranging the first meeting between the Task Force and…
  • Unlawful occupation opposed

    27 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Chief Executive CY LeungI and my Government have all along been listening attentively to the views of the members of public. The public are encouraged to express their aspirations peacefully, rationally and lawfully, and to respect and accommodate different views in the society.The HKSAR Government is resolute in opposing the unlawful occupation actions by "Occupy Central". The Police shall continue to handle the situation in accordance with the law.NPCSC's (Standing Committee of the National People's Congress) decision on Hong Kong's constitutional development has been made in strict…
 
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    Hong Kong News

  • UN rights watchdog calls for open elections in Hong Kong

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    The United Nations Human Rights Committee has called on China to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote. The panel of 18 independent experts, who monitor compliance with an international treaty on civil and political rights ratified by Hong Kong, agreed the move after voicing concern at Beijing's plan to vet candidates in the former British colony.
  • UNHRC calls for open elections in HK

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote. The panel of 18 independent experts, who monitor compliance with an international treaty on civil and political rights ratified by Hong Kong, agreed the move after voicing concern at Beijing's plan to vet candidates in the former British colony.
  • Democracy in Hong Kong

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    The US Geological Survey recorded a minor earthquake this morning with its epicenter near Wasilla, Alaska, the probable result of Sarah Palin opening her mail box to find the latest issue of CounterPunch magazine we sent her. A few moments later she Instagrammed this startling comment... The lunatic Right certainly has plenty of problems.
  • Why I Won't Give Up on My Dreams for Hong Kong

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Messages of support for pro-democracy demonstrations on a wall near the government headquarters in Hong Kong Earlier this month, I swam across Victoria Harbour-the lifeblood of Hong Kong since our inception-in an annual race that was only recently revived after decades of concern about the water being contaminated. Hong Kongers of my father's generation talk wistfully about the old cross-harbor swim and how wide the harbor was in those days, before the land-reclamation projects began, before the Cross-Harbour Tunnel.
  • Force-feeding values to school students

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    We adults should be listening to why Thai students are protesting against the government's order for them to recite its 12 values, not dismissing them out of hand because of their youth. An ad hominem error of logic is one which appeals to the listener's feelings or prejudices instead of her intellect, for example, by saying "you don't make sense because you are too fat/skinny/short/tall/young/old", when those traits are not related to the matter at hand.
 
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    news.gov.hk - City Life

  • Young choreographer chases time

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Upcoming Hong Kong choreographer Cherry Leung will stage her latest work Beautiful Decay in November.The underlying theme for Beautiful Decay is time. Through the dancers' interpretation of temporal elements and youth, the choreography seeks to reflect the passage of time and embrace the laws of life while introducing a sense of beautiful decay to the audience.Beautiful Decay will be staged on November 14 to 16 at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre.Tickets are available at URBTIX.Click here for details.
  • Theatre Horizon trilogy to start

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Theatre Horizon will stage the first episode of its Century-old Dreams of a Fishing Harbour trilogy in November and December.The story begins as the legendary half-man, half-fish Lu-Tings, the earliest indigenous group of Hong Kong, trace local history in the century between the Opium War and the Japanese occupation.The episode will be staged from November 28 to 30 at Sha Tin Town Hall, and December 6 and 7 at Tsuen Wan Town Hall.Tickets are available at URBTIX.Click here for details.
  • Erhu virtuoso to perform in HK

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Award-winning erhu virtuoso Yan Guowei will perform with the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra in November.The programme will include erhu solos Reflections of the Moon on the Waters and The Legend of Marquis Yi of Zeng; erhu concertos A Heroine and a Martyr and Erhu Rhapsody No. 4; and the orchestral pieces A Trip to the Ancient Tea Horse Road, Soaring Song and Song of Lishan.Ms Yan has won gold awards at major erhu competitions on the Mainland and overseas, including the Gold Award in the 9th Erhu Competition at the Chinese Golden Bell Awards for Music in 2013; the Gold Award for…
  • New Vision Arts Festival opens

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The biennial New Vision Arts Festival opened tonight at the Cultural Centre.The festival, running until November 16, presents an array of innovative performances from top local and overseas arts groups, and showcases the boundless creativity of cross-boundary collaboration.It opened with Political Mother an innovative dance production with classical and rock music by Hofesh Shechter Company from the UK.It will also offer extension activities including exhibitions, talks, masterclasses, a backstage tour, meet-the-artist sessions, sharing sessions, a Young Critic-in-Residence Scheme and the…
  • Mahler lectures set for Nov

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Acclaimed music critic Chow Fan-fu will hold four music appreciation lectures on the symphonies of classical composer Gustav Mahler in November and December.Chow will introduce audiences to the Austrian composer's two best known works Symphony No. 1 and Symphony No. 5.The four lectures will be conducted in Cantonese and start at 7.30pm on four consecutive Wednesdays from November 26 at the Space Museum.Tickets are $50 at URBTIX.Click here for details.
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    news.gov.hk - Business & Finance

  • Former judge to head MPF appeal body

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    William Stone has benn appointed Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Appeal Board Chairman and Belinda Luk a panel member, the Government announced today.Three incumbent panel members - Ng Chau-pei, Ng Wai-yee and Jeff Wong - were also reappointed.The appointments are for a two-year term from November 1.Mr Stone is a former High Court judge who is currently Banking Review Tribunal Chairman and a Market Misconduct Tribunal member.Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Prof KC Chan said Mr Stone has extensive experience in handling appeals relating to financial services regulators,…
  • Bank protection rules gazetted

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The second phase of Basel III capital and liquidity requirements will be implemented to boost the banking system's ability to handle financial shocks, the Financial Services & the Treasury Bureau said today.The Banking (Capital) (Amendment) Rules 2014 and the Banking (Liquidity) Rules were gazetted today to implement the requirements scheduled to take effect on January 1.The requirements include a series of capital buffers to incentivise banks to build up and hold capital that they can draw upon when necessary to absorb shocks arising from any financial and economic stress; and a…
  • 1 bank remains closed

    23 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.
  • New Tourism Board member named

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Belinda Yeung has been appointed as a member of the Hong Kong Tourism Board for a two-year term starting November 1.Board members Benjamin Chau, Michael Wu, Yip Wing-sie and Linda Yuen have been re-appointed, while the Commissioner for Tourism has been re-appointed as a member and as Deputy Chairman.All members will serve on the board from November 1 to October 31, 2016.The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau welcomed Ms Yeung and thanked members for their dedicated support. It also expressed confidence that their expertise and experience would help boost Hong Kong's position as a…
  • 1 bank remains closed

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One bank branch remained temporarily closed as at 8am today, while ATM services 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.
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    news.gov.hk - Environment

  • More green transport trials approved

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The 11th batch of applications for green transport trials under the Pilot Green Transport Fund has been approved, the Environmental Protection Department announced today.The 14 newly approved trial applications include the retrofitting of a ferry with a diesel-electric propulsion system and a seawater scrubber, eight electric taxis, five electric vans and two hybrid trucks, involving a total subsidy of about $8.5 million.This brings the total number of trials under the fund to 88, for the testing of 31 electric taxis, two electric light buses, 11 electric buses, 38 electric goods vehicles, 48…
  • 29 pollution convictions recorded

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department recorded 29 convictions for pollution offences in September.Nine were for air pollution, eight for noise and 11 were for waste disposal offences.The heaviest fine handed down in the month was $20,000 against three companies that used powered mechanical equipment not complying with permit conditions, and a company that carried out construction work without a valid noise permit.
  • Vehicle emission changes launched

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department launched today two transitional arrangements for the strengthened emission control programme for petrol and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicles.The transitional arrangements will last until January 31.The period for petrol and LPG vehicles found to be emitting excessive emissions to pass the emission test will be extended from the current 12 working days to 25.Up to two free tests will be provided to vehicles that failed the first emission tests on condition that the owners have to pay for the first emission test and the pollutant emissions of the…
  • Toxic spill drill held

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A joint marine pollution response exercise co-ordinated by the Marine Department was held off Tuen Mun today to test responses in handling the spillage of oil and toxic substances in Hong Kong waters.The exercise involved a mock spill caused by a collision between a diesel-leaking tanker and a chemical tanker leaking liquid acrylonitrile, posing a threat to the nearby environment and facilities.Response groups contained and cleaned up the spills.A shoreline oil clean-up drill was also conducted on the beach near Tsing Lung Garden.The Civil Aid Service, Auxiliary Medical Service, Government…
  • Air pollution nears 'Serious' level

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Environmental Protection Department has warned the public to avoid outdoor activities as the Air Quality Health Index is near the Serious level in some areas today.At 1pm the index reached Level 8 in Yuen Long, Tap Mun and Central, meaning the health risk was in the Very High category.The Hong Kong Observatory forecasts that the weather will be mainly fine in the next couple of days but smog will persist, resulting in the health risk reaching the Very High or Serious categories.Children, the elderly and people with heart or respiratory illnesses should reduce physical exertion and outdoor…
 
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    Gregory 河國榮 Dare to dream

  • Instagram: 心痛。漁農處剛剛把漂亮良性的流浪…

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    17 Oct 2014 | 12:46 am
    Link to original post: Instagram: 心痛。漁農處剛剛把漂亮良性的流浪… gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
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    15 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
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    3 Oct 2014 | 1:54 am
    Link to original post: Instagram: 準備看表演 :-) gettin… 準備看表演 :-) getting ready to watch the show gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
  • Instagram: 趕住在九龍灣展貿中心開檔不過將軍…

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    6 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Link to original post: Instagram: 趕住在九龍灣展貿中心開檔不過將軍… 趕住在九龍灣展貿中心開檔不過將軍澳隧道大塞車。In a hurry to set up our booth at E-Max but there's a massive traffic jam at the Tseung Kwun O tunnel. gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
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    4 Sep 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Link to original post: Instagram: 開檔!九龍灣展貿中心 Open … 開檔!九龍灣展貿中心 Open for business. Kowloon Bay's E-MAX shopping centre. gregory.hk | hokwokwing.hk | heguorong.hk | 河國榮.hk
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    Beneath the Peak

  • 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…
  • Presentations

    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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  • 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.
  • cancel everything

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    SB and I had nice plans for the long holiday but we've canceled them. There are more important matters to attend to, such as supporting our friends. We discussed what we felt comfortable doing. During the protest marches earlier in the year we were careful to be observers and not join the marches because we wanted it to be clear that these protests were by Hong Kong citizens. We were able to show our support by standing at the sidelines and bearing witness. This time we are joining our friends to support them. SB and others have taken turns sitting with and delivering  nourishment to…
 
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  • Vitiligo Oil Treatment Popular in Hong Kong

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Vitiligo treatment is most popular in Hong Kong Vitiligo treatment be clearly know that Remedy Vitiligo oil is a generalized irregularity of 1st immune device and it results in localized indication in the kind of pale white spots in the skin. And, it is smart not to waste your time and money in the search of irreversible generalised vitiligo oil treatments. Listed below here is a brief contrast of Herbal vitiligo Oil vs various other treatment.You will hardly locate a human that has actually attempted a prescription healthcare for Vitiligo and is very satisfied concerning it. It would…
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  • Interview: The Laundress founders Gwen Whiting & Lindsey Boyd

    Kenny Wan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The Laundress offers a range of carefully-crafted laundry products that clean clothes safely, effectively without any of the harmful chemicals that can be found in.  This is the designer category of washing products with detergents designed for every different fabric... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Vein Opens New Flagship Store at Lee Gardens

    Kenny Wan
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Vein and its sister store Vein on St Francis Yard, are the go-to places for Scandinavian cool. Bloggers like Camille (Camytox, Camille Over The Rainbow) are  flocking to Swedish Fashion Week to check out what the Scandanavian designers are coming... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Mysteries by Chinese Painter Li Zi at Fabrik Gallery

    Sidney Koo
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Highly regarded young Chinese painter Li Zi will be debuting her exhibition at Fabrik Gallery in Sheung Wan on October 29th. Her exhibition titled Mysteries features 10 hauntingly beautiful monochromatic works. Li Zi gets her inspiration from photographs, taken either by... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Montblanc Bohème Jewellery Collection

    SC
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Montblanc’s new Bohème Collection is perfectly suited for the person who loves jewellery that are simple and well-made. Each piece in this collection features clean structured lines, simple feminine chain and delicate elegant details. For example, the necklace is dainty... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
  • Ralph Lauren Opens New Hong Kong Flagship at Lee Gardens

    Roxanne Wentworth
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Ralph Lauren opened its flagship store in Hong Kong in the exclusive shopping district of Lee Gardens in Causeway Bay.  The new store features the whole range of Ralph Lauren men’s and women’s apparel across 20,000 square feet, along with... This post first appeared on ButterBoom.
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  • Leap September and Occupy Central in Hong Kong

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    Leap September and Occupy Central in Hong Kong If you’ve observed the Chinese Lunar Calendar, you may realize that there are 7 “leap months” every 19 years.  In 2014, we have a rare leap month of September.  How rare?  The last was 182 years ago, i.e. 1832, and the next being 2109, i.e. 95 years from now.  If you have a baby to be born in the leap month of Lunar September (October 24 – November 22), he or she would have to live to the age of 95 in order to celebrate a real birthday.How Does a Leap Month Occur?In China’s Lunar Calendar, Otsuki months has 30 days,…
  • Mid Autumn Festival 2014

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    It was the Mid Autumn Festival (August 15th in Chinese Calendar) yesterday, one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture. In tradition, Chinese celebrate the festival in three phases - Welcoming the Moon (August 14th), Admiring the Moon (August 15th) and Chasing the Moon (August 16th).In Hong Kong, the public holiday falls on the Moon Chasing day.  It used to be on the Festival day, ie. 15th, but somehow the former colonial government said people admire the moon at night, they can still work in the day.  However people sleep late after admiring the moon, the following day…
  • Weird Queuing Culture of Hong Kong

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

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

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

  • 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
  • Coming Up to Hong Kong this October 2014: Lan Kwai Fong Carnival, Wine and Dine Festival kick off, HK Triathlon Asian Cup, Halloween

    5 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As the colorful lanterns and the Mid-Autumn celebrations wind down, the pumpkins and goblins are just getting started as Halloween fests are in full swing! Specially for foodies this month, the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival celebrates food and wine from around the world in one of the most spectacular settings overlooking Victoria Harbour and surrounded by Hong Kong's mindblowing skyline. The Hong Kong Triathlon is back with a new organiser and an annual favourite, the Lan Kwai Fong Carnival puts on the show. Check out this month's run down...
 
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